Why are we doing this?
The project focuses on a challenge that has critical importance for Southern Africa now and in the future. Climate change is affecting all sectors of the economy in the region, but especially agriculture. Most farming in Southern Africa is rain fed, so changing weather patterns are having an immediate impact on its productivity. Farmers do not have good access to existing climate-smart solutions that could help them adapt and plan for the future.
What are we going to do?
This project focuses on advocating four specific, proven climate-resistant solutions for cereal and livestock farmers. These are:
• Stress-tolerant seeds
• Improved climate information services
• Different options for livestock farmers
• Innovative weather-based insurance for crops and livestock.
Strategic partnerships underpin the effectiveness of the project. CTA will work with SACAU on activities related to farmers, while incorporating the technical climate-smart solutions proven by CCAFS, CCARDESA and FAO. Keeping the many stakeholders informed and involved will be done in partnership with SADC/FANR. ILRI and Heifer International will be the primary partner for the livestock component, and aWhere and mobile phone companies will be engaged for the information technology elements of the project. GENESIS and banks are the project's lead partners for engaging with the business, private-sector and finance communities.
Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU)
|Other key stakeholders||Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock – Zambia
Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (DCCMS) – Malawi
Seed Co. Limited
What are we expecting?
The project will increase awareness of proven technologies and techniques that farmers can use immediately to adapt to climate change and will increase the capacity of farmers and networks to adopt climate-resilient ways of working. ICTs will help extension and advisory services to increase the adoption of the four proven solutions. Increased access to information about climate-resilient solutions will contribute to the development of informed policies and incentives will that facilitate access to and use of the outputs at the national and regional level, as well as successful private-sector engagement of agribusinesses. Key stakeholders will also be better equipped to engage in national and regional policy processes and to support the promotion of climate-resilient solutions. Efforts will be made to forge new partnerships with other organisations in the region. The project is expected to encourage business model approach to scale up climate solutions and trigger private sector investment and engagement.
Who will benefit?
• Farmers' organisations
• Government policy-makers
• Private agro-enterprises (including those owned by women and young people)
• Decision-makers in international organisations and NGOs
What impact will we have?
Farmers will be able to use the outputs of the project to increase their livelihoods and move out of poverty. They will have increased resilience to climate change. Private-sector players will increase investments that support the adoption of climate-resilient agri-food solutions, and the public sector will take steps towards developing and implementing conducive policies and incentives to support their adoption.
How will we sustain it?
Co-ownership of the project and its activities by the partners will increase their interest in the success of the project. The private sector will be engaged and so identify investment opportunities to continue the activities of the project. Partnering with organisations with a shared interest in climate solutions will ensure the work continues in the long term.
Related CTA Publications
- Climate solutions that work for farmers (CTA, 2015).
- Evidence of impact: climate-smart agriculture in Africa (CTA and CCAFS, 2015).
- Special edition of the Spore magazine Global warming: Doing business in a time of climate change (CTA, 2015).
- Climate-smart agriculture success stories from farming communities around the world (CTA and CCAFS, 2013).
- Trading up: Building cooperation between farmers and traders in Africa (CTA, IIRR, KIT, 2012).