Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)

FANRPAN participates at the African Development Bank (AfDB) annual meetings
Ivory Coast
27 May 2010 - 28 June 2010

Acknowledgements: FANRPAN acknowledges the African Development Bank as the source of these documents

The African Development Bank held its Annual Meetings of the Group Boards of Governors from 27 - 28 May 2010 in Abidjan, Ivory Cost. The Meetings presented a unique opportunity for knowledge dissemination among high level decision makers in Africa, key officials of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, renowned academicians, leading agents of non-governmental organizations, civil societies and the private sector.

The Bank Group capitalized on this unique gathering to organize a series of events prior to the formal opening of the Annual Meetings. The Annual Meetings were preceded by a Ministerial Round-table discussion designed to address a major issue/theme of concern to the development of Africa. This was then followed by a series of High level seminars, which addressed specific topics of immediate relevance to policy makers, civil society organizations and development practitioners in Africa.

FANRPAN CEO, Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda was invited to take part in a panel discussion on “Climate Change – Implications for Agriculture and Food Security in Africa”. The panel discussion also featured H.E. Mr Sangafowa Mamadou Coulibaly, Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Côte d’Ivoire, Prof. Calestous JUMA, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, USA and Ms Sheila Sisulu, WFP Deputy Executive Director, Italy

The discussions were centred on the fact that much work on climate change, particularly in developed countries, has focused on mitigation (reducing emissions) when Africa is a minor contributor to global gas emissions and two-thirds of its greenhouse gases come from deforestation. Even if global carbon emissions were reduced tomorrow, Africa would still be faced with adapting to climate change. Dr Sibanda noted that African countries are the least prepared, in institutional resources and capacity, to address the consequences of climate change or to tap climate-friendly technologies. Minister Coulibaly stressed that if Africa is to make real progress in addressing the challenges of climate change, the continent must focus on coherent national and regional policies, involving policy makers and local communities, including the private sector and it must make its voice heard: take its place in a debate that has been too heavily dominated by the North.

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