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
- Investment Pitch 1: Climate-resilient agricultural development in SADC, based on youth involvement, ICTs and PPPs (a pitch from SADC, CCAFS, CCARDESA, FANRPAN, SACAU & SADC/GIZ ACCRA
- Investment Pitch 2: Transforming crop & livestock production systems for climate resilience in southern Africa (a pitch from Conservation International, CCARDESA, CIMMYT, Peace Parks Foundation, Rural-Self Help Development Association & SADC/GIZ ACCRA
3.A panel discussion with key players in CSA investment planning in Africa:
- Mrs Abir Lemseffer, Director General of Morocco Foodex and Director General of the Initiative for the Adaptation of African Agriculture to Climate Change
- Mr Jahan Chowdhury, Country Engagement Director, NDC Partnership
- Dr. Evan Girvetz, Senior Scientist with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
- Representative from the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (TBC)
- Representative from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC (TBC)
- Representative from the African Development Bank (TBC)
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.