Climate Smart Agriculture Booster (CSA Booster)

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Name of initiative Climate-Smart Agriculture Booster (CSA Booster)
LPAA initiative No
NAZCA Initiative Yes
Website address
Related initiatives
Starting year 2015
End year
Secretariat Pan Pan

Climate-KIC AG Limmatstrasse 264, 8005 Zurich, Switzerland

Organisational structure
Geographical coverage Western Europe, Eastern Europe
Name of lead organisation Climate-KIC
Type of lead organisation Other intergovernmental organization, Network/Consortium/Partnership
Location/Nationality of lead organisation Switzerland


Description The Climate-smart Agriculture (CSA) Booster is a flagship programme of Climate-KIC’s Sustainable Land Use (SLU) theme. The CSA Booster acts as both an innovation platform and an accelerator where it brings together a multi-stakeholder ecosystem of public and private sector partners to incubate innovative and sustainable CSA solutions, facilitate and catalyse their adoption and scaling, and to accelerate and de-risk investments into CSA across Europe and beyond.

Climate-KIC is Europe’s largest public-private climate innovation partnership. It is one of three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) created in 2010 by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), an EU body. It funds and supports innovation and entrepreneurship activities directed at creating economically viable products and services addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Objectives The purpose of the CSA Booster is to incubate and facilitate the application, adoption and scaling of low-carbon (“climate-smart”) technologies in the EU’s agriculture and food sector; and to accelerate and de-risk investments into CSA across Europe and beyond.
Activities Capacity and ecosystem building - including open innovation platform (, CSA solutions database, multi-lingual CSA MOOC, and regional CSA hubs in Europe (France, Italy, Netherlands, Nordic). Project development, assessment, management and funding for agtech, agri-finance and insurance, and innovation/technical assistance projects.
One or two success stories achieved Upon request

Monitoring and Impacts

Function of initiative Capacity building, Technical dialogue, Funding, Political dialogue
Activity of initiative Awareness raising and outreach, Training and education, Knowledge dissemination and exchange, Knowledge production and innovation, Policy planning and recommendations, Fundraising
Training and education — Workshops or trainings
Value (#)244
Training and education — Training materials published
Value (#)122
Knowledge production and innovation — Knowledge production or publication produced
Value (#)55
Knowledge production and innovation — Patents
Value (#)6
Knowledge dissemination and exchange — Presentations held
Value (#)10105
Knowledge dissemination and exchange — Workshops and meetings for exchanging the knowledge
Value (#)10105
Fundraising — Number of donors
Value (#)122
Fundraising — Funds raised
Value (MUS$)336
Policy planning and recommendations — Presentations held
Value (#)10105
Awareness raising and outreach — Events attended and or organised
Value (#)242
Awareness raising and outreach — Website visits
Value (#)1000500010000
Awareness raising and outreach — Media tracking
Value (#)23
Goals 2030 Impact Goal - Increase, by an order of magnitude, the application of innovative CSA solutions in Europe and beyond.

2022 Outcomes Goals: • Link diverse actors across the agriculture and food value chain by creating a multi-stakeholder open innovation platform, growing local ecosystems and activating behavioral and dietary change. • Catalyze the application and adoption of CSA innovations via identification, assessment, implementation and scaling of CSA solutions. • Accelerate and de-risk CSA investments by creating data analytics and tools, developing public-private insurance and financing mechanisms, and blending climate and agriculture finance.

Comments on indicators and goals KPIs: solutions developed, solutions implemented, patents registered, products launched in the market, case studies created, papers published, start-ups supported, partners engaged, co-funding generated, funding leveraged, funding attracted, knowledge and education events organized, # of CSA MOOC participants, # of open innovation platform users, # of CSA regional hubs, # of @CSABooster Twitter followers
How will goals be achieved As of April 2019, CSA Booster activities were integrated into the overall Climate-KIC "one-portfolio" programme approach under its "Transformation, In Time" strategy and organisational restructure, thus no longer operates as an independent programme/platform.
Have you changed or strenghtened your goals
Progress towards the goals Substantial - details upon request
How are you tracking progress of your initiative Specific KPIs
Available reporting Upon request


Participants Number Names
Members 89  
Companies 14 South Pole Group (Switzerland),Cybeletech (France),AgriCircle (Switzerland),Oasis Palm Tree (United Kingdom),Carbon Delta (Switzerland),Agvesto (United Kingdom),CO2i (United Kingdom),Clarmondial (Switzerland),Danone (France),Novihum (Germany),Systemiq (UK),ClimateRE (Switzerland),CybeleTech (Switzerland),Danone (France).
Business organisations 2 WBCSD (Switzerland),  Cool Farm Alliance (United Kingdom),  etc.
Research and educational organisations 20 Wageningen University (Netherlands),  Wageningen Environmental Research (Netherlands),  IBIMET (Italy),  INRA (France),  University of Reading (United Kingdom),  GFZ (Germany),  PIK (Germany),  BTU (Germany),  CMCC (Italy),  CPHU (Denmark),  UPV (Spain),  Cirad (France),  Bologna (Italy),  Oxford (United Kingdom),  Imperial (UK),  DTU (Denmark),  NTNU (Norway),  Cool Farm Alliance (United K.),  GACSA-Global Alliance for Csa (Italy),  University of Valencia (Spain).
Non-governmental organisations 1 GACSA-Global Alliance for CSA (Italy).
National states 15 Netherlands,  France,  Italy,  Germany,  Denmark,  Sweden,  Norway,  United Kingdom,  Switzerland,  Spain,  Belgium,  Finland,  Portugal,  Poland,  Hungary.
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 1 FAO -Food and Agriculture Organization (Italy)
Financial Institutions 1 African Development Bank (Ivory Coast)
Faith based organisations 0
Other members 35
Supporting partners 1 Climate-KIC
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


Transport Agriculture Forestry Business Financial institutions Buildings Industry Waste Cities and subnational governments Short Term Pollutants International maritime transport Energy Supply Fluorinated gases Energy efficiency Renewable energy Supply chain emission reductions Adaptation Other Resilience Innovation Energy Access and Efficiency Private Finance
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Last update: 10 March 2022 13:23:30

Not only have national states as participators