Stepping Up Engagement in Climate Smart Agriculture Investments at COP25

FANRPAN, in partnership with the SADC Secretariat, the Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA), the SADC/ Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Adaptation to Climate Change in Rural Areas in Southern Africa (ACCRA) programme (implemented on behalf of German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation, BMZ), the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), CARE International, the Initiative for the Adaptation of African Agriculture (AAA) and the World Bank, is hosting a policy platform at the European Union Pavilion on the side lines of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25). FANRPAN’s collaboration with multiple organisations is in conformance with the network’s mandate to convene and provide policy platforms. 

Climate Change and its effects are a living reality for the SSA region, threatening to erode and reverse the gains made towards ending hunger and malnutrition. The agriculture sector in the region is already experiencing the negative impacts of climate change, with an increasing incidence of extreme weather phenomenon. Over time, collaborative approaches have been adopted by multiple partners to build the resilience of smallholder farmers, the producers of over 70% of the food in the region. Effective solutions to build the resilience of smallholder farmers have been developed, and are ready for scaling out! Using community level theatrical performance from the SADC region, you will be able to see this. Experience shows that participatory theatre for policy engagement enables community participation in developing Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) solutions and advocate for engagement. Drawing on the latest scientific and development evidence two investment ideas on scaling climate-smart agriculture will be pitched, followed by a panel discussion.

Among the pitching partners and panellists are senior officials from SADC Member States, the Adaptation of African Agriculture (AAA) Initiative, the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT), Care International, the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), the Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research in Southern Africa (CCARDESA), the World Bank, and the NDC Partnership.


Date and Time: Friday 6 December 2019, 16:30 –18:00hrs

Venue:   Room Helsinki, IFEMA Madrid Spain


Opening Remarks by the facilitator Vitumbiko Chinoko (CARE International) 16:30 – 16:35

Speeches from Senior Representatives 16:35-55

  • Mr Harsen Nyambe, African Union Commission, Head of Division: Environment, Climate Change, Water and Land Management
  • Ms Sibongile Mavimbela Senior Programme Officer- Environment and Climate Change, SADC (TBC)
  • A representative from the African Group of Negotiators (Agriculture) (TBC)

Interactive session 16:55-17:55

1.A theatre performance showcasing how participatory approaches can inform investment decisions

2.Two investment pitches from the SADC region


3.A panel discussion with key players in CSA investment planning in Africa:

Closing Remarks 17:55 –18:00

  • H.E Sindiso Ngwenya, Policy Champion and Former Secretary-General of COMESA

Visit this page for regular updates. We will upload the investment pitches during the event. Supplementary information, such as vulnerability analysis and feasibility studies can be made available upon request by interested partners.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019