Topic outline

This course looks at the relationship between crop production and climate change. It explores the principles and practices for sustainable and profitable production of annual and perennial crops to meet food, feed, energy, fibre needs and foster economic growth in a variety of contexts and crop systems.


This course addresses the subject matter from a technical perspective, but is written for the general public. Individuals who would especially benefit from taking the course include:

  • Policy makers
  • Development practitioners and programme managers
  • Sectoral specialists and academics
  • Trainers and extension agents

  • The expected impacts of climate change on crop production
  • Climate-smart crop management practices, including management of soil, land, pests, water and biodiversity, use of seeds and mechanization and decision making technologies
  • How climate-smart crop management can be applied in specific production systems, such as annual, horticultural and grasslands
  • Off farm elements that can create an enabling environment for adoption of climate-smart crop production

The course consists of 4 lessons, ranging from approximately 15 to 50 minutes duration each:

  • Lesson 1 – Introduction to climate-smart crop production
  • Lesson 2 – Climate-smart crop production practices and technologies
  • Lesson 3 – Climate-smart crop production systems in practice
  • Lesson 4 – Creation of an enabling environment for climate-smart crop production

The online version of this course runs on the latest versions of the major browsers, such as Chrome, Safari, Edge and Firefox.

The downloadable version only runs on Windows PC’s and no additional software is needed.

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