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Agricultural productivity and growth inMali are under threat fromerratic rainfall, resulting in more frequent dry
years. The national economy is vulnerable to climate change due to 50% of the gross domestic product coming
from the agricultural sector and 75% of the population living in rural areas. The Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) concept arises from a need to provide innovative solutions towards the complex and integrated goals of increasing yields, improving resilience, and promoting a low emissions agricultural sector. A major challenge for policymakers to operationalize CSA is the identification, valuation (cost-benefit), and subsequent prioritization of climate-smart options and portfolios (groups of CSA options) for investment. This paper presents the process, results, and lessons learned froma yearlong pilot of the Climate-Smart Agriculture Prioritization Framework
(CSA-PF) inMali. Key national and international stakeholders participated in the co-development and prioritization
of two CSA portfolios and related action plans for the Malian Sudanese zone. Initial steps towards outcomes
of the process include inclusion of prioritized CSA practices in ongoing development projects and prompting discussion
of modifications of future calls for agricultural development proposals by regional donors.
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