Time to Scale Up Climate Resilient Agriculture in the SADC Region

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Thursday, May 21, 2020
Mzansi Agriculture Talk

In terms of awareness creation, the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region has done exceedingly well. The regional and national governments, civil society organisations, and some private sector are all seized with the issue of climate change, emerging as a major global phenomena requiring coordinated and collective approaches to addressing it. Although the contribution to the increase in Greenhouse Gases (GHG) by African states is relatively small, the risks paused by climate change and related variability are real, with extreme weather conditions already causing havoc. In the recent past, the SADC region has experienced intermittent drought and rainfall patterns, floods and cyclones, all with devastating effects to the region’s food systems. In the face of seemingly surmountable challenges, the region has not abandoned hope, remaining steadfast in its pursuit of opportunities to adapt and/or mitigate against the climate challenge.