FANRPAN, with support from COMESA participated in the Inaugural Pan Africa Alliance and Platform on Climate Smart Agriculture Conference. The event was held in Addis Ababa from May 13-15 and brought together over 150 participants from throughout Africa. The event sought to launch the Pan Africa Alliance and Platform on Climate Smart Agriculture. The Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture in Africa sought to utilise the event for establishing a platform for CSA knowledge exchanged, to identify best practice and catalyse partnerships across stakeholder groups.
The inaugural session was opened by the Ethiopian State Minister for Agriculture H.E Ato Sileshi Getahun, the Assistant Minister for Sustainable Development and External affairs in the Arab Republic of Egypt H.E Yasmine Foaud and the Norwegian Ambassador to Ethiopia H.E Andreas Gaarder. Countries such as Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa presented on what they are doing in CSA. It emerged that African countries are buying into CSA and already have some CSA initiatives on the ground that need to be up-scaled. At the end of the conference a communique (action statement) declaring the purpose of the Alliance was shared and adopted by participants to make the Alliance meeting an annual event.
The Alliance will continue to foster a coherent African CSA Agenda as well as sustaining the collective power and urge for action in CSA. It will also facilitate assessment of individual (country, region, sector, etc.) performance against continental and even global benchmarks. The Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture in Africa looks forward to engaging with the newly formed Pan Africa CSA Alliance to coordinate agendas, share information and work together towards reaching Alliance targets.