The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and le Centre de Suivi Ecologique (CSE) have come together to organize a workshop that will promote knowledge sharing as an important tool for decision making for better climate change, agriculture and food security policies in West Africa.
The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and The International Union of Conservation of Nature, Central and West Africa programme (IUCN-PACO) are organizing series of workshops on Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) to strengthen the adaptive capacity of farmers and institutions to climate change in 4 out of 5 pilot countries.
The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) West Africa program will convene a High level science policy session that will bring together prominent regional and national experts on climate change, research and policy-making to discuss climate change situation in the region, highlight major research needs and explore how CCAFS work in West Africa can contribute to the mainstreaming of climate change into regional and national rural development plans and policies, through research activities that support climate risk management, adaptation and mitigation options.
Emissions of GHG are the primary causes of anthropogenic climate change which has severe impacts on agriculture. Agriculture is itself a big contributor to climate change. According to the IPCC, farming directly accounts for 13.5% of GHG emissions and land-use change (often clearing forest for crop land particularly in developing countries) is responsible for a further 17.4%.
The workshop is sponsored jointly by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Climate Services Partnership (CSP).
As one of the major regional farmers’organizations, the Network of Farmers’ and Agricultural Producers’ Organisations of West Africa (ROPPA), a CCAFS partner in West Africa, seeks to reinforce farmers’ organizations knowledge on climate variability and climate change. And, by so doing, to allow members organizations to be well-informed about climate change impact on agriculture and food security and about climate-proofed strategies in order to start drawing scenarios that will better address these serious issues.
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)