Southern Africa

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Impact Stories

Climate change in Southern Africa: Information is power

Since becoming a farmer in 2001, Phineas Muyabi from Chibombo District in Zambia has struggled to produce enough food for his family to eat. Droughts have destroyed his crops and, as a result, his family has had to rely upon food aid. This year, however, Muyabi is benefiting from CTA’s regional flagship project for Southern Africa, ‘Scaling up Climate Smart Agricultural Solutions for Cereal and Livestock Farmers’.

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For farming fortune, dial mAgri

A Botswanan start-up is breaking the barriers to digital technologies for rural smallholder farmers. Brastorne Enterprises, a winner of CTA’s 2016 Pitch AgriHack competition, operates a mobile platform called mAgri to improve farmers’ access to information, markets and finance.

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Blog articles

ZFU-Econet Wireless bilateral partnership in Zimbabwe

Southern Africa is particularly vulnerable to climate change because smallholder subsistence farmers rely almost entirely on rainfed farming. Weather patterns such as drought, floods and erratic rainfall therefore have a significant impact on the food security and incomes of a largely poor population with little capacity to adapt.

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in Blog

Multilateral partnerships for climate-smart cereal solutions in Zambia

A multilateral partnership in Zambia has profiled and digitally registered 35,000 farmers for ICT-enabled extension and advisory services, including a system which sends agronomic information and weather updates to their mobile phones. Mrs. Mweene, a farmer from Kapiri Mposhi District in Zambia, explains that “the messages remind farmers how to spray their animals, how to manage the fields and how to store harvested grains.”

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Peer-learning in climate-smart agriculture

Climate change and its impacts on smallholder farmers in developing countries is a topical issue. As such, peer-learning in climate-smart agriculture (CSA) gives stakeholders an equal chance to address this challenge in their contexts and at their pace.

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Succeeding through local partnerships in climate-resilient agriculture

Acknowledging this strategic role of meetings in agricultural and rural development, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) convened a 3-day project review meeting during 23-25 November in Johannesburg, South Africa under the theme “Scaling-Up Climate Smart Agricultural Solutions for Cereals and Livestock Farmers in Southern Africa”, and on the back of the 4th Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA), 28-30 November.

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News

African women adopt smart solutions for climate change

Climate-smart agriculture practices are helping to counter the devastating conditions faced by farmers in Africa in recent years. Sithembile Ndema Mwamakamba is Programme Manager for the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), a longstanding CTA partner. She explains how women are at the forefront of farmers’ efforts to build resilience to climate change.

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EU helping smallholder farmers become climate smart

Agriculture is a source of and solution to climate change. Convinced that agriculture can help achieve global goals of adaptation and mitigation to climate change, the European Union (EU) is supporting CTA to help smallholder farmers in Southern Africa become climate smart.

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Spreading the word: the benefits of effective knowledge management

Krishan Bheenick, Senior Programme Coordinator of Knowledge Management at CTA, explains the value of knowledge management techniques such as experience capitalisation, which are being introduced as part of CTA’s Southern Africa Flagship Project with the aim to build smallholder farmers’ resilience through the adoption of climate smart agriculture.

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Transmitting satellite information to farmers’ mobile phones

Access to timely and precise weather information is critical for smallholder farmers to make informed decisions and improve their resilience to the impacts of climate change, such as droughts, high temperatures, floods and a rise in pests and diseases. This was a key message at the recent review of an on-going project to scale up climate-smart agricultural solutions to smallholder farmers in three countries in southern Arica region.

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

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.

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Communiqués

Opening Statement by Michael Hailu, Director of CTA

Opening statement delivered by Michael Hailu, Director of CTA, at the Blending4Ag conference, on Monday 7 November. The Blending4Ag conference is taking place in Brussels and is focusing on the strategic use of international and national development finance and philanthropic funds to mobilise private capital flows into agricultural value chains in developing countries.

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Opinion articles

The future farmer: disrupting agriculture

Right now, in Southern Africa, there are a lot of young farmers that are doing great things, they are ambitious with an appetite to grow, and want to achieve this growth through the creation of profitable agribusinesses that will deliver the same quality of life as other professions. They are just not visible. What we see at events like the recent African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), which took place in Abidjan between 4th-8th September 2017, is just a microcosm of a larger pool of agripreneurs.

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Improving access to finance by farmers: what can central banks do?

The common feature of African farmers is that most of them practise small-scale subsistence farming. In the last few years, however, various interest groups started focusing on agriculture as one of the key drivers of rural development and the number of commercial farmers increased. Yet, most of them are still smallholders.

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Interviews

Noi Paulina Selepe / Lesotho: Strength in numbers in Lesotho

When 29-year-old livestock farmer Noi Paulina Selepe launched her agribusiness, she realised it was too small to supply her country’s fast-growing market for chicken meat. Nothing daunted, this enterprising young woman, decided to call on other poultry farmers to join her – increasing overall output and helping her fellow producers to earn extra income in the process.

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in Spore

Farmers need to organise

For Theo de Jager, president of the Pan-African Farmers’ Organization, mechanising agriculture in Africa calls for farmers, especially women, to join together and organise in cooperatives, to be able to access modern equipment.

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Reviews

New directions for targeted outcomes

While reflecting on its 30-year history during its anniversary year in 2014, CTA was also busy making plans for the future. CTA's goal is to contribute to enhanced agricultural and rural development policies and inclusive value chains that promote food and nutrition security, prosperity and sustainable management of natural resources across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP).

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Syndicated articles

Investors in Agribusiness Exploring US$82 Million Worth of Business Opportunities in Africa

Leading business leaders, policy makers and prominent development campaigners joined over 200 delegates to launch the first ever Nutrition Africa Investor Forum in Nairobi, Kenya, today.

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in Case study Mozambique

Receitas para o Desenvolvimento

Com as feiras e demonstrações simulou-se o que é possível executar em casa, com os alimentos disponíveis e/ou fáceis de serem produzidos no próprio quintal ou na machamba. Com efeito, depois das aulas se nota uma mudança de atitude, tanto na diversificação do cardápio como no número crescente de hortas caseiras. E estes são só dois exemplos.

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Technical and scientific articles

Climate-proofing communities in Mozambique and Rwanda

In drought and flood-prone communities in Mozambique and Rwanda, low carbon initiatives are introducing renewable solar-powered irrigation systems to reduce the use of fossil fuels and increase climate resilience.

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in Spore, Spore/Smart-tech and innovation and Spore/Trends

Next-generation farmers: Digitally connected and business-minded

Numerous initiatives are emerging in the agricultural community that illustrate the potential profile of future African farmers – as informed business leaders, who make a good living and are connected online – and prove that agriculture offers exciting opportunities for young people.

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in Spore and Spore/Production and value additions

Tools for an equitable and food secure future

Women farmers are using water smart techniques to sustainably increase crop yields, whilst maintaining vital soil ecosystems in Ghana, Malawi and Mali. In these drought-prone countries, establishing water-efficient practices helps to improve smallholder farmers’ access to water and increase the resilience of their livelihoods and local ecosystems.

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in Spore and Spore/Production and value additions

School meals: Farmers grow food for education

Thousands of farmers in Mozambique are supporting a drive to improve child nutrition and education by providing food for meals in 170 schools. The 80 farmers’ associations involved in the initiative receive seeds and training in crop management to produce nutritional fruits and vegetables.

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Background articles

Receitas para o Desenvolvimento

Com as feiras e demonstrações simulou-se o que é possível executar em casa, com os alimentos disponíveis e/ou fáceis de serem produzidos no próprio quintal ou na machamba. Com efeito, depois das aulas se nota uma mudança de atitude, tanto na diversificação do cardápio como no número crescente de hortas caseiras. E estes são só dois exemplos.

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in Financial management and infrastructure

Gelo e poupança

Início do século 21: A falta de registo não significa necessariamente incapacidade de escrever por parte de membros das comunidades de pesca e de comercialização do pescado. Em muitos casos, não percebem a necessidade de o fazer. Similarmente, a resistência em relação à evisceração e ao uso correcto do gelo pode ser por questões de cultura e de hábitos de consumo. Talvez porque nos anos passados, sem corrente eléctrica, não houvesse condições de conservação…

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in Meta-cap-exp

Iniciativa Piloto do Governo e Parceiros acelera desempenho de projectos em Moçambique

O estabelecimento da unidade de coordenação do Subprograma FIDA na Diretoria Nacional do Tesouro a fim de apoiar os projectos do FIDA no âmbito do programa ODM1c teve um impacto positivo na melhoria do desempenho financeiro dos projectos. ‘’O trabalho da unidade é muito positivo. A causa da nossa ineficiência tem a ver com outros factores, como as licitações...’’

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in Environmental sustainability (EC)

Resilientes mulheres de Sihane

O distrito de Sihane, na província Moçambicana de Inhambane foi selecionado para este projecto devido a uma série de mudanças climáticas. Dentre estas, os níveis das águas do mar estão a subir restringindo o acesso às praias e, portanto, as actividades de pesca e turística. Os moradores vêem a erosão ameaçando suas habitações. Para completar este quadro catastrófico, a invasão das terras pelas águas do mar também enfraquece as zonas aráveis dificultando a agricultura familiar nelas praticada.

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in Financial management and infrastructure

A encurtar o caminho para o desenvolvimento regional

O envolvimento directo da comunidade e das autoridades locais na seleção da estrada a ser reabilitada levou à apropriação do projecto pela comunidade. Depois de finalizadas as obras, a estrada passou a ser mantida por ela sob coordenação do Governo local. Visando assim a circulação de pessoas e bens e o escoamento de excedentes agrícolas, impulsionando assim a economia. Apesar de tanto benefício, a reabilitação trouxe novos desafios, em particular para a sustentabilidade ambiental e a segurança no trânsito.

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Events

Conferences

  • Dec 18

    High-level forum Africa-Europe: “Taking cooperation to the digital age”

    The President of the Republic of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, as the current chairperson of the African Union, and the Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, Sebastian Kurz, as Austria holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU, cordially invite African and European heads of state or government, CEOs of major global companies as well as innovative…
    Location:
    Bruno-Kreisky-Platz 1, 1220 Wien, Austria

Projects

Scaling-Up Climate-smart Agricultural Solutions for Cereals and Livestock Farmers in Southern Africa

Weather patterns highly influence agricultural activities in southern Africa and, in turn, the food security, nutrition and income of rural households. The high vulnerability to climatic change causes recurrent swings between food scarcity and surplus, which results in food insecurity for up to 6 mi...