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FANRPAN launches new research findings on climate change adaptation policies in Southern Africa
1 October 2014


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On the 1st of October 2014, FANRPAN officially launched three research reports on climate change adaptation in Southern Africa. The reports were a review of research and policies for climate change adaptation in the agriculture, health and urban sectors in Southern Africa. They were launched by His Royal Highness, Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso of the Kingdom of Lesotho during the 2014 FANRPAN Annual High Level Food and Nutrition Security Multi-stakeholder Dialogue which was held from the 29th of September 2014 to the 2nd of October 2014 in Antananarivo, Madagascar. The FANRPAN Regional Dialogue was attended by more than 200 delegates who include senior officials of national governments, representatives of regional economic organizations, development partners, network partners, and country nodes representing farmers' organizations, agri-business, development partner agencies and parliamentarians.

The launched reports emerged out of FANRPAN's partnership with West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) under the "AfricaInteract" project. The project commissioned three review studies to explore the link between climate change adaptation research and agriculture, health and urban sector policies in Southern Africa. As a broader goal, AfricaInteract project seeks to promote effective dialogue and decision-making to help vulnerable populations in Africa to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

The studies specifically aimed to identify gaps in research and policy making with the aim of improving evidence-based policy making that can enhance food security and reduce vulnerability of households to climate change. The reviews critically analysed various documents including scientific articles, government documents and selected grey literature from donor agencies and NGOs covering the past 15-20 years, as well as organizational websites and interviews with selected key informants with special focus on Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The findings from these studies were validated in July 2013 by various stakeholders including representatives from governments, NGOs, civil society, private sectors, farmer organisations, research institutions etc. The feedback from participants to these workshops was then used to finalize the documents, after which they were then subjected to a standard scientific review process for technical soundness. His Royal Highness, Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso then presented the three reports as follows:

  1. The "Review of Research and Policies for Climate Change Adaptation in the Agriculture Sectors in Southern Africa"; written by Prof Paul Mapfumo, Dr Abdulai Jalloh and Dr Sepo Hachigonta.
  2. The "Review of Research and Policies for Climate Change Adaptation in the Health in Southern Africa"; written by Dr Mao Amis, Dr Abdulai Jalloh and Dr Sepo Hachigonta.
  3. The "Review of Research and Policies for Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Areas in Southern Africa"; written by Ms Miriam Madalitso Joshua, Dr Abdulai Jalloh and Dr Sepo Hachigonta.
    1. Special thanks were given to CORAF, FANRPAN and the funding agency IDRC who enabled production of what HRH the Prince referred to as valuable gifts.

      His Royal Highness, Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso (on the left) with Mr Talentus Mthunzi the AfricaInteract Coordinator for Southern Africa at FANRPAN.
      His Royal Highness, Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso (on the left) with Mr Talentus Mthunzi the AfricaInteract Coordinator for Southern Africa at FANRPAN.

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