On week 1 of the UNFCCC COP24, we’re witnessing that the world is finally waking up to the need to mobilize nature-based solutions to address the imminent challenges of climate change. Global soils contain two to three times more carbon than the atmosphere. If we work with nature, we can reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, maximize carbon sequestration and adapt to the effects of a changing climate.

Today, we invite you to celebrate World Soil Day with us and read our freshly launched report on “The Business Case for Investing in Soil Health” from the WBCSD Climate Smart Agriculture group. The publication shows how companies around the world are beginning to address the issue of soil health and identifies the next steps for scaling-up action and investment. It is another key piece in our effort to catalyze action from the business community to ensure the world will be able to sustainably feed a population of 9.5 billion people in 2050.

The report was collaboratively produced by business practitioners, researchers and experts, supported and facilitated by the WBCSD Climate Smart Agriculture project. It was coordinated by an expert editorial committee of representatives from IUCN, WWF, The Nature Conservancy and Lancaster University’s Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business. But we’re not going to stop here: we hereby invite you to get in touch with us to grow the movement this report is creating by sharing your experience in investing in soil health!

Dalma Somogyi,
Manager Climate Smart Agriculture

News from Across CSA Regions

CCAFS Agriculture Advantage 2.0: an event series at COP24


Join the CGIAR Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Research Program’s event series at COP24, linking multiple side events into the single theme, “Agriculture Advantage 2.0: Transforming food systems under a changing climate”. Hear from experts and WBCSD CSA members, partners and staff discussing next steps to scale up actions to drive a transformation within global food systems that will help to achieve food security, adaptation to climate change and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from the sector.


Sustainable rice landscapes initiative at COP24


Rice is the daily staple for over 3.5 billion people, has huge importance for the climate resilience of 144m farmers and has equivalent GHG emissions to global aviation. Join the Global Environment Facility and WBCSD on Monday 10 December for our unique event on how climate smart solutions can apply for sustainable rice production and value chains across the landscape.


CSA 100: leading companies commit to action in climate smart agriculture – essential to achieving Paris Agreement goals


WBCSD, together with We Mean Business Coalition members and Business for Social Responsibility(BSR), launched CSA 100, a new global initiative to mainstream climate smart agriculture across the food and agriculture sector and bring it into closer alignment with the ambitions set out in the Paris Agreement. Companies joining CSA 100 will develop science-based and measurable targets across the three pillars of climate smart agriculture. This will help CSA 100 to contribute to the achievement of food productivity, climate change resilience and adaptation, and greenhouse gas mitigation.

CSA Members in the Spotlight

New partnership aims to drastically cut food loss and waste in Indonesia


The Indonesia Food Loss and Waste Action Partnership is the first nation-wide Public-Private collaboration aiming to reduce food loss and waste outside the Western world. Supported by key ministries, the partnership brings together private sector and civil society, including delegates from multiple organizations of Ambassadors and Partners of the Food and Land Use Coalition and SDG12.3 Champions. The Partnership is convened by the FOLU Coalition and coordinated by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and WRI with financial support from P4G, the Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030.


Smart agriculture in Brazil promotes integration of crop, livestock and forest


WBCSD Global Network Partner CEBDS, the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development, is developing a CSA framework in the country based on improving public knowledge and putting hands-on pilot projects into practice. The Smart Farm Program pilot project has been set up in partnership with Bayer AG, Climate Smart Group and others, rooted in Matopiba, Cerrado, known as the Brazilian savannah. The main objective of this program is to showcase CSA best practices on two farms, which includes technologies like Integration Crop Livestock and Forest (ICLF) for beef and soy, Agroforestry and ecological corridors with native species and sustainable production of oil to improve soil health, biodiversity, carbon sequestration, and farmer resilience through income diversification. Check out the original article in Portuguese for more information on the trip


Insider Perspective: The Global Climate Action Summit


The Global Climate Action Summit, held early September in San Francisco, and was designed to showcase the work of local governments and non-state actors in mitigating climate change and featured a turnout of over 4,000 individuals. Climate commitments from WBCSD members and others were announced and ranged in topic and included resilience, climate smart agriculture, and more. With support of We Mean Business and WBCSD, CSA targets were discussed and committed to by leading companies including Unilever, Olam, Syngenta, and Rabobank. A key theme of the summit included implementing solutions more quickly, with an emphasis on natural climate solutions.

2018-2019 Upcoming Events
3-14 Dec 2018 UNFCCC COP24, Katowice, Poland, Katowice, Poland
22-25 Jan 2019

World Economic Forum Davos, Switzerland

25-28 Feb 2019 WBCSD Annual Member Meeting in North America at GreenBiz, Phoenix (AZ), USA
26-28 Feb 2019 GreenBiz, Phoenix (AZ), USA
26-27 Mar 2019 Responsible Business Forum on Food & Agriculture, Bangkok, Thailand
1-4 Oct 2019 WBCSD Liaison Delegate Meeting, Montreux, Switzerland
14-17 Oct 2019 WBCSD Council Member Meeting Lisbon, Portugal

About the WBCSD Climate Smart Agriculture Project

The Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) project develops scalable low-carbon business solutions for food and agriculture, under the ambition of making 50% more food available by 2030 while producing 50% less GHG emissions. Led by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), CSA is designed to achieve sustainable agricultural development for food, feed, fiber, fuel and ecosystem services while addressing the risks and challenges presented by climate change. Borne out of the Low Carbon Technology Partnerships initiative (LCTPi), CSA is a value-chain project that includes all players across the agrifood value chain, with the aim of scaling up sustainable business solutions that can achieve the ambition and enhance the resilience of both landscapes and communities. Find out more at https://wbcsd.org/csa.

World Business Council for Sustainable Development