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Inception meeting of the Evidence-Based Policies on Climate Smart Agriculture (EPCSA) on the 18th of April in Lusaka, Zambia
24 April 2013

The Zambia FANRPAN Node hosting institution, Agricultural Consultative Forum (ACF) and the Food Agriculture, Natural Resources and Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) convened an inception meeting of the Evidence-Based Policies on Climate Smart Agriculture (EPCSA) in Zambia. The EPCSA programme is funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), over a two year period.

The objectives of the inception workshop were to:

  1. Introduce the EPCSA programmes to stakeholders in Zambia,
  2. Get stakeholder inputs and buy-in on the implementation of the programme, and
  3. Identify similar stakeholder initiatives in Zambia and identify potential partnership synergies.

The goal of the EPCSA programme is to contribute to a substantial increase in food production and improved food security in Africa and to build resilient communities that can withstand the impacts of climate change. The overall programme has three main elements (CSA upscaling, policy analysis and advocacy and knowledge management), which are implemented collaboratively with by the 4 implementing partners. The EPCSA is being implemented by FANRPAN in collaboration with the Conservation Tillage Network (ACT); Eastern Africa Farmers’ Federation (EAFF) and Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU), in Southern Africa (Mozambique, Lesotho, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Swaziland).

The workshop was attended by 37 participants from Various sectors including Research institutions, Cooperating partners Public Institutions, Civil Society Organisations and Farmers Organisations. Dr Catherine Mungoma from the office of The Permanent Secretary in the ministry of Agriculture and Livestock officially opened the workshop. Dr Mungoma noted that global warming is no longer debatable. “The adverse effects are already affecting most countries and Zambia has not been spared.” Climate induced changes to physical and biological systems are already being felt and are exerting considerable stress on the country’s agriculture and food security. “Infrastructure, wildlife, forestry, water and energy and human health have also been adversely affected by climate change, thereby impacting negatively on the economic, social and environmental dimensions of national development.”

Addressing the same meeting, Dr Sepo Hachigonta, FANRPAN’s Programme Manager: Climate Change highlighted that adaptation of the agriculture sector is not merely an option, but an imperative for human survival.

Dr Hachigonta noted that Climate Smart Agriculture is agriculture that sustainably increases productivity and resilience (adaptation) as well as reduces and removes greenhouse gases (mitigation) and “It improves likelihood of national food security and development goals”. He noted that FANRPAN seeks to generate CSA evidence for informed policies, develop capacity, building strong CSA knowledge base and strengthening institutional capacity on CSA knowledge.

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