A time to reflect on how to scale up climate-smart agriculture

Global Science Conference On Climate Smart Agriculture, 28-30 November 2017, Johannesburg

Innovative partnerships and consortiums to scale up climate-smart agriculture (CSA) will be the topic of a presentation to be made by CTA at the 4th Global Science Conference on CSA, being held from 28-30 November in Johannesburg, South Africa. The event will be hosted by the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and will focus on catalysing local innovations and action to accelerate the scaling up of CSA.

Held every two years, the 4th Global Science Conference on CSA brings together key scientists, policymakers and other stakeholders from around the world to discuss how CSA can provide potential solutions to the growing problem of climate change and its impacts on food security. The conference has five key objectives including to highlight emerging CSA science and innovations; showcase experiences and lessons from science-policy interactions that are fostering the accelerated uptake of CSA; and stimulate and facilitate discussions and dialogue between CSA actors in order to enable networking and provide opportunities for collaboration and alliances in CSA.  

CTA, one of a number of key CSA partner organisations for the conference, will be represented by senior programme coordinator Olu Ajayi, who will make the presentation on innovative CSA partnerships and consortiums. During the event, CTA will launch its new book, Indigenous knowledge and climate change management in Africa, which highlights the importance of indigenous knowledge as a source of climate information and adaptation strategy.  

A review of the project’s implementation

In the run-up to the conference, an implementation review of CTA’s project, ‘Scaling up Climate-Smart Agricultural Solutions for Cereals and Livestock Farmers in Southern Africa’ will take place from 23-25 November. The project aims to contribute to increased smallholder climate change resilience in the region, specifically in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, through the promotion of specific CSA solutions and has been running now since June 2017. To review progress of the project’s implementation, around 18 project partner participants including Zimbabwe Farmers Union, ECONET, Musika Development Initiative, Zambia Open University, Professiona Insurance Company of Zambia, Southern Africa confederation of Agricultural Union, National Association of Smallscale Farmers of Malawi, ministry of Agriculture will attend the meeting, which will also enable regional partners to review monitoring and evaluation baseline activities, as well provide an opportunity for cross-country project learning and sharing, and training on documentation of impact stories.   

The review meeting has been purposely organised by CTA to run back-to-back with the 4th Global Science Conference on CSA to provide an opportunity for project-implementing partners to connect with global CSA experts, and to benefit from the various models and options presented at the conference, as well as to provide enhanced visibility of the project and its outcomes. 

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