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

Botswana Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Policy Scoping Study Validation workshop
9 July 2014 - 9 July 2014

Botswana Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Policy Scoping Study Validation workshop Date: 09/07/2014 Venue: Cresta Lodge, Gaborone, Botswana

FANRPAN, with support from the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), engaged the services of 15 national consultants to conduct CSA scoping studies in their respective countries; Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The studies were based on the following guidelines:

  1. What is known on CSA and what are the gaps based on national, regional and international CSA literature?
  2. Based on the CSA definition provided above, what are the current CSA related policies in the country (including environmental policies, water policies, agricultural policies, land policies and development policies)?
  3. What are current on-going CSA development and research programme initiatives in the study country?
  4. What are the national CSA institutional arrangements, and how are different stakeholders involved?
  5. How is the performance of current CSA policies, and what are their major gaps?
  6. What is needed to ensure that CSA policies are improved in terms of relevance, equity and effectiveness?

The studies are still underway and FANRPAN sought to conduct a national validation workshop in Botswana to review the draft CSA scoping study report and get more inputs from other stakeholders based on the questions above. This provides a great opportunity for the stakeholders to add value to the research process and take ownership of the research outputs therefore.

The objective of the Workshop

The objectives of this workshop are:

  • To share the draft CSA scoping study report outputs with stakeholders
  • To validate the outputs from the draft CSA scoping study report
  • To solicit policy recommendations from stakeholders
  • On July 09, 2014, the Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA) the FANRPAN NODE hosting institution organized a workshop to validate the CSA Policy Scoping study conducted in Botswana. The study was conducted by Prof Nyaladzi Batisani from the Botswana College of Agriculture. Prof Nyaladzi Batisani presented the study to the 50 participants present, who represented the private sector, government, media, civil society, farmers, youth and researchers. The participants validated the study and agreed on the following recommendation:

    • There is need for joint planning
    • Climate change to be treated as a cross cutting issue across all sectors
    • There is need for an in-country CSA framework
    • Law enforcement on environmental offenses that will consequently support the objective of CSA policies
    • Need to incentivise CSA
    • Need to identify champions that will advocate for CSA
    • Improve extension systems
    Prof Nyaladzi Batisani Presenting the CSA studyGroup discussions by participants
    Participants listening attentively to the CSA Scoping Study Presentation

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