CSR funding CSA

Stakeholders from academia, government and the private sector convened in New Delhi, India to assess Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as a way to enhance financing options to scale up and support the implementation of Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA). CCAFS organised the May 2018 conclave along with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) in partnership with The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in New Delhi, India.

In reading the Climate-Smart Agriculture as an investment destination for CSR workshop proceedings, I learned that in India CSR investments have become one of the “major and most sought after moving forces to propel forward the nation’s socio-economic growth while maintaining responsibility towards the environment.” All of what came out of the workshop was fascinating and I particularly resonated with the idea of a CSR Green Fund, made up of CSR funds, or a CSR Consortia, potentially in the form of a Public-Private Partnership (PPP). I hope these creative ideas that emerged out of multi-stakeholder collaboration about how to engage the private and public sector in supporting CSA continue to grow!