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Learning, Communicating and Advocating for Climate Smart Agriculture
18 October 2011
Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda


Project Duration:
24 months, August 2011 to July 2013

Project Cost:
$ 400, 000

Introduction
In 2010, FANRPAN signed a grant agreement with the Rockefeller Foundation to implement the Building Climate Change Resilience in African Agricultural Research Program. The project is being implemented in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda with the objective of promoting the integration of climate change adaptation into agricultural research and policy agendas, and making climate change science more comprehensible to policymakers, scientists, rural communities and the private sector. In addition FANRPAN with support from IDRC has recently initiated a project on Strengthening Evidence-Based Climate Change Adaptation Policies (SECCAP) whose overall objective is to enhance the capacity of policy analysts and scientists in the fields of agriculture, climate and socio-economics to collectively build a strong base of evidence on cropping systems to inform adaptation policies and investment decisions.

In order to add value to FANRPAN's portfolio of climate change research initiatives, FANRPAN is proposing a 24months advocacy project (August 2011 to July 2013), to strengthen advocacy capacity for Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA). The project aims to strengthen the advocacy capacity of the FANRPAN regional secretariat, partners in the Rockefeller foundation supported CENA network, and journalist so they can effectively engage in various international events including two targeted events, primarily the FANRPAN 2011 Regional Policy Dialogue (September (2011) and UNFCCC CoP17 events (November 2011). The objectives of the proposed project are to:
  1. Develop Climate Smart Agriculture knowledge bank with evidence of and best practices on climate smart agriculture;
  2. Train and brand champions for climate smart agriculture, and equip them with sharp and coherent advocacy messages;
  3. Engage in multi-sectoral learning and policy advocacy platforms.

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