The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) in partnership with the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Programme for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation will be sending a delegation of 15 Climate Change Champions to attend “The 2nd Africa Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Conference 2015” in Nairobi Kenya from the 30th to 31st of July 2015. The theme for the conference is “Africa’s Soil the New Frontier: Re-imagining Africa Food Security Now and into the Future under a Changing Climate”. The conference is co-organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with other United Nations Agencies, Governments, Private Sector, Research Institutions, Non-Governmental Organisations (including FANRPAN), Civil Society Organisations, Scholars, Donors, and Local Governments etc.
One of the key objectives of the conference is to understand the paradigms that govern the development of agriculture in Africa and gain knowledge on the agents of change who could bring the paradigm shift and associated agenda forward and what needs to be done to mobilize them and facilitate their activities. The FANRPAN sponsored delegation is part of efforts to capacitate climate change champions to ensure that the African Climate Solution is accepted by the global community and Climate Change mainstreamed in national planning.
FANRPAN’s Climate Change Champions
Profiles of the Climate Change Champions
Zenzo is a graduate of Amakhosi performing Arts in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He is a stage performer, director and writer. He featured in over 3 000 performances in the past 19 years. He is the founder and the managing Director of Ingxoxo Arts, based in Bulawayo, but working internationally. He has directed Climate Smart Agriculture Theatre for Policy Advocacy pieces at both national and regional levels. Zenzo is a Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) champion trained in Climate Change Leadership and Policy Advocacy.
Raymond Erick Zvavanyange
Raymond is the country representative of Young Professinals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) Zimbabwe. He is a youth consultant on agriculture and food systems. He successfully completed a six year career in government extension services. He has published extensively on youth engagement in agricultural research and development. He is a graduate of the University of Cape Town, South Africa, Climate Systems Analysis Group Winter School, in the Department of Geographical and Environmental Sciences. Raymond is a Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) champion trained in Climate Change Leadership and Policy Advocacy.
Kgoroeadira or “Mama Kena”, as she is affectionately known, is currently a DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Development Education doctoral student. She started a project called “Thojane Organic Farming” in 2009 to train women and youth to see agriculture as the next economy. She won the national prize for Best Subsistence Producer for her Thojane Organic Farming project. Mama Kena says her mission is to train women and young people to become food producers and as such she has also worked with FANRPAN as a climate smart agriculture champion.
Gift is a young practicing farmer and agribusiness entrepreneur. He owns a farming business in Gauteng, South Africa that he named “Mphiwe Siyalima Enterprises”. He is a holder of a B-Tech Degree in Crop Production and is now studying towards a Master’s in Business Leadership. Gift has been involved in a number of agriculture social responsibility projects that include: Graduate Trainee Program; Youth Agricultural Events; Primary School Agriculture Awareness and; Employment and local procurement. He is also a member of Grain SA 250 Ton Club where he received recognition for producing more than 250 tons of Grain produce in the first year of production, in 2011. Gift on behalf of Mphiwe Siyalima Enterprises has managed to attract initial investors in the form of corporate partners and government programs and has featured on magazine articles and TV interviews. He has also won a number of awards that include: Best Agribusiness and Young Farmer of the Year in Gauteng; New Entrant to Commercial Farming in 2012 and; the Toyota New Harvest of the Year in 2011.
Jonas is an Environmental Educator/ Sustainable Tourism and Community Projects Expert. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of Green Initiative Zambia. He has been involved in environmental education and climate change awareness in schools and the community; promoting Conservation Farming and Agroforestry and sustainable use of natural resources; environmental education; community outreach. In 2011, Jonas founded Green Initiative Zambia (http://greenzambia.org/) with a mandate of promoting environmental, wildlife and climate change education to improve rural and peri-urban livelihood.
Appolinaire is the Country Coordinator of IDUKA/Corporation, an International Students Organization which promotes Post-Secondary education. Appolinaire holds a bachelor's degree in Politics and International Relations and a Masters degree in Law. Since 2011, from the first Youth conference organized by COMESA, Appolinaire got fully engaged in changing lives of thousands of Congolese by initiating various projects related to improving and promoting a safe environment and food security. In 2011, Appolinaire started a Youth Network on Climate Change called the National Congolese Youth Coalition on Climate Change which has today become the leading network of Civil society Organisations involved in Environment and Climate Change.
Abel is the Chief Executive Officer/Founder of Green Enviro-Watch (GEW) Zambia. He has worked with rural vulnerable communities to strengthen their capacity to adapt to and mitigate the adverse effects of climate change and environmental degradation in Zambia. He is involved in helping Communities to identify and address the impacts of climate change in their local development plans and their development projects to enhance climate resilient planning processes so that the affected communities have a voice in resilience planning at the district and ward levels. Abel’s other work includes disseminating information related to climate risks.
Alice KachereAlice is a smallholder woman farmer in Malawi. She is engaged in the production and marketing of a diverse of crops but mainly groundnuts, soya beans and maize. In her experience with NASFAM, Alice has been instrumental in promoting the participation of women in various agricultural value chains. Besides acting as a female leader mentor, Alice enjoys drama and traditional songs and dances that she uses for advocacy on key issues that are affecting smallholder farmers. As a farmer trainer, Alice promotes climate smart agriculture where she encourages adoption of both mitigation and adaptation strategies. She undertakes agricultural diversification initiatives, conservation agriculture practices, agroforestry, tree planting, winter cropping and energy saving interventions.
Grace is the Chairperson and CEO of the Youth Agro-Environment Initiative. She holds a Masters degree in, Dryland Agriculture from Kenyatta University; an Environmental Sciences, First Class Honors from Egerton University. Grace is a Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) champion trained in Climate Change Leadership and Policy Advocacy.
Yvette studied Environmental Management at Makerere University. She learned about capacity building, lobbying and advocating for improvement of livelihoods for marginalized citizens. Yvette has also been part of a number of environmental movements including 350.org and United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Youth. She is now pursuing an MA in International Relations and Diplomat studies at Makerere University.
David is the Advisor in charge of Agricultural Production and Agronomic Research to the Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is also a Professor at University of Lubumbashi. He holds a PhD in Sciences, Crop Pests Management: Agricultural Entomology/Acarology from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. David took part in the validation of and presented the DRC Climate Smart Agriculture Policy Scoping Study at the “DRC Climate Smart Agriculture Policy Scoping Study Validation Workshop” in 2014.
Getrude is the founder of Support for Women in Agriculture and Environment (SWAGEN), where she serves as Executive Director. She is also the Gender Focal Person for African Union of Conservationists. She serves as the East Africa Region CSO representative to the Civil Society Mechanism Coordinating Committee for engagement with UN FAO’s Committee on Food Security. Getrude is also the Africa Region Observer on the Climate Investment Fund â€“ Forest Investment Program. Getrude is a member of the SCP Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee - Sustainable Livelihoods Education Program (UNEP / UNESCO). Getrude is a Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) champion trained in Climate Change Leadership and Policy Advocacy.
Cecilia is the coordinator for the Kenya Climate Justice Women Champions (KCJWC), a network for advocacy on gender and climate justice in Kenya. She is also the Convenor of the Conflicts over Natural Resources and Gender Group in the Kenya Climate Change Working Group.
Theopoline is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR), at the University of Namibia (UNAM). She is the coordinator of Namibia FANRPAN Node, Deputy Chair of the CAADP Country Team, Focal Point of the AHC-STAFF Country Team, Chair of the Faculty Research & Publications Committee and Deputy Chair of the FANR Post-graduate Student Committee. She is the Founder and Director of the Namibia Association of Women in Sciences (NAAWIS), an Association that is committed to advance the participation and public recognition of women in sciences and empower women to achieve their full potential in sciences and climate change related issues.
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