The current famine engulfing the Horn of Africa and threatening the lives of nearly 13 million people continues to dominate discussions about development worldwide. As relief efforts continue, experts and stakeholders from the region will gather in Nairobi to discuss longer-term evidence-based solutions and interventions needed to avert the profound effects of predicted extreme weather events in the future.
This workshop has been organized to both introduce CCAFS, its interests and potential contributions related to food security management in the face of climate fluctuations, and the process CCAFS envision for shaping the research agenda in this area. As well as initiate a collaborative process of identifying priority issues, gaps (e.g., knowledge, methods, tools, evidence) and opportunities, where CCAFS research might make a valued contribution. The workshop is conducted within CCAFS Theme 2: Adaptation through Managing Climate Risk.
Motivated by its mission to find solutions that reduce poverty and eliminate hunger and malnutrition from the world, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), in conjunction with the African Union Commission and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, proposes an international conference under the theme "Increasing Agricultural Productivity and Enhancing Food Security in Africa: New Challenges and Opportunities".
Within our work on Adaptation to Progressive Climate Change, one of the objectives is to generate comprehensive strategies for crop improvement through a combination of modeling, expert consultation and stakeholder dialogue, and translating these insights into coordinated global, regional and national research and technology investment policies.
The importance of agriculture to economic growth and rural livelihoods, its vulnerability to climate change implies that building resilience to climate change in Eastern Africa must be of primary importance. In this regard comprehensive agricultural adaptation and mitigation strategies to meet the food and income needs of current and future generations have to be implemented. The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Program of the CGIAR, in partnership with COMESA and the East African Community (EAC) is committed to working with countries in Eastern Africa and other stakeholders with a view to developing a common position on issues related to agriculture for SBSTA consideration. This will ensure that priority areas for the region would be reflected in the ongoing international climate change negotiations.
The Adaptation Learning Program (ALP) implemented by CARE International and the Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security, CCAFS-EA programme recently discussed the number of adaptation programmes in Kenya and the East Africa region which have a focus on learning at national to regional levels. We recognized that agreeing on a more strategic approach on how we engage as national to regional adaptation learning actors (practitioners, scientists and policy makers) over the coming two years or so would enable a greater collective impact and added value in terms of effective adaptation knowledge and practice than each programme alone. Through sharing plans and objectives for learning and policy engagement this group of programmes could develop a collective/common impact pathway for learning activities in the region to be better focused, coordinated and purposeful. The aim is for coordinated shared learning and more collaborative work through a series of learning activities, events and products with a longer term purpose, avoiding potential duplication and overload of actors with too many ad hoc learning events. An idea arose to discuss this issue further and develop a common framework, outputs and outcomes of a collective learning process.
In order to integrate the work of CCAFS themes and research as well as non-research partners, CCAFS has established six learning sites across four countries, where place-based research will be conducted in Kenya (Nyando and Wote), Uganda (Hoima and Rakai), Tanzania (Lushoto) and Ethiopia (Borana). The learning sites were chosen to represent areas that are becoming both drier and wetter, and are focal locations where participatory action research (PAR) efforts are expected to generate results that can be applied and adapted to other regions worldwide. Read more about where we work here.
CCAFS Coordinating Unit - University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Science, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Rolighedsvej 21, DK-1958 Frederiksberg C, Denmark, phone +45 35331046; Email ccafs [at] cgiar [dot] org, EAN 5790000279012
Lead Center - International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)