At the European Development Days (EDDs) in Brussels, on 7 June 2017, a joint statement committing to the new European Consensus on Development was officially signed by the European Union and its Member States. The Consensus lays out the core principles that will direct the EU and its member states’ approach and cooperation with developing countries in achieving the 2030 sustainable development agenda.
Partners in the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation’s (CTA) regional flagship project have unveiled country plans for promoting weather-index insurance and drought-tolerant crop varieties as part of resilient solutions for smallholder farmers to cope with climate change.
Alice Kachere is more a smart than a lucky farmer. Last year, a scorching drought and floods destroyed livestock and crops, leaving many farmers in Malawi food insecure.
On the outskirts of the capital Lilongwe in the central region of Malawi, many farmers are celebrating a bumper harvest, thanks to good rains after years of drought. Kachere from Kalumbu village, 30 km south east of Lilongwe, is one of them.
Olu Ajayi, Senior Programme Coordinator ARD Policy, was interviewed following the launch of the CTA Southern Africa Flagship Project which aims to build smallholder farmers’ resilience through the adopting of climate smart agriculture solutions.