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COP21 side event: Partnering to scale-up climate-smart agriculture in Africa: from policy to tangible impact

Through climate-smart agriculture it is possible to transform Africa’s agriculture into a more sustainable and profitable sector. Photo: S. Kilungu (CCAFS)
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Paris Le Bourget, Room OR 03

Learn about innovative partnerships and the Africa Climate-Smart Agriculture Alliance

Action is happening across Africa, from piloting of policies to creation of institutions, in order to support grass-root scaling-up of climate-smart agriculture (CSA), to build resilience and livelihoods of African small-scale farmers in a changing climate. Session will explore innovative partnership approaches to achieve CSA. The session will share experiences from the Africa Climate-Smart Agriculture Alliance. 


Lindiwe Sibanda, FANRPAN

Welcome, side event objectives, introduction to speakers

Kisilu Musya, Farmer

Film trailer: Kisilu: Before The Flood

The challenges that farmers face under climate change and vision for a global climate agreement

Panel discussion part I: Positioning the Africa Climate-Smart Agriculture Alliance (ACSA)

Martin Bwalya, NEPAD

Chikakula Miti, COMESA

How the Alliance is tackling major climate change challenges in Africa, and overcoming the constraints of traditional rural development approaches in Agriculture

Panel discussion part II: How a multi-sectoral approach can tackle climate change in African agriculture: perspectives from INGO, research and development partners

Chris Armitage, World Vision

Developing implementing capacity and support networks at the grassroots

Todd Rosenstock, ICRAF-CCAFS

Linking CSA science with policy: tools and practices

Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo, Executive Director of FARA

The value CSA adds to agricultural development initiatives

Moderated Q&A with the audience

Closing Keynote  

His Royal Highness Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso of the Kingdom of Lesotho

“From Negotiations to Practice – No Agriculture No Deal”


Co-organised by 

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), Norwegian Forum for Environment and Development (ForUM), Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) University of Copenhagen, World Vision International (WVI)

View the full list of CCAFS events at COP21 in Paris.



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