Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Importance of Climate-Smart Agriculture to Achieving the SDGs in Africa

A strong and prosperous agriculture sector is central to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Photo: F. Noy (UN)
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Event Date and time


Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the UN

Side-event, informing about Africa’s efforts to bring out practical and grassroot-based action on agriculture and climate change. Open to all. 

This side event aims to showcase progress, experiences and lessons from the recent intensive work to support the scaling up of CSA in agriculture productivity, food security and poverty alleviation programmes.

It is jointly convened by the NEPAD Agency, the governments of Senegal and members of the NEPAD-iNGO CSA Alliance, including Catholic Relief Service (CRS), World Vision International, CARE International, Oxfam, and Concern Worldwide; and technical partners Food and Agriculture Orgnaization of the United Nations (FAO), Food Agrciulture and Natural Resource Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa (FARA) and CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS). 

It will also feature a discussion of current and anticipated regional and continental level coordination and support for CSA through the NEPAD Agriculture and Climate Change Programme.

CSA will have significant impacts across several of the SDGs. The Side Event will specifically showcase field experiences focusing on:

  • Local initiatives and experiences demonstrating how CSA is empowering households and communities to directly and concretely realise, at local level, the SDG goals -- especially eliminating poverty and hunger, promoting sustainable agriculture, and combating climate change;
  • Showcase the NEPAD-iNGO CSA Alliance, as a result-based and grassroot-oriented mechanism, highlighting two main features of Africa’s development principles, namely (a) tested provisions and modalities to bring the support directly to grassroot communities; and (b) strengthening systemic capacity to determine and implement CSA support technologies, policies, and institutional arrangements; and (c) sharing experiences with regional and continental support for CSA, including discussion of what activities might be implemented under the NEPAD Agriculture Climate Change Programme. 



Opening Session

  • Welcome Statement: Dr Ibrahim A. Mayaki, CEO, NEPAD Agency
  • Opening Remarks/Goodwill Message: H.E. John Kufour, ex-President of Ghana and UN Secretary General Special Envoy on Climate Change  
  • Keynote Address: H.E. Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal and Chairperson of the NEPAD Heads of State Orientation Committee


Panel Discussions Session

Panel 1: On the ground experiences:  How CSA can empower communities to realize the SDG goals and targets?  


  • Dr. Kanayo F. Nwanze: President, International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD)
  • Margaret Newsome: World Vision International, Global Lead on Sustainable Health (Food, Nutrition, Health, WASH)
  • Dominic MacSorley: Chief Executive Officer, Concern Worldwide
  • Dr. Robert Bertram: Chief Scientist for Feed the Future and USAID Lead Person on Climate Smart Agriculture
  • Dr. Frank Rijsberman: Chief Executive Officer, Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)


Panel 2: Regional and Continental Scale Coordination: The importance of building regional and continental momentum on CSA and how coordination at these levels can catalyze support to national and grassroot initiatives


  • Ms. Maria Semedo: Deputy Director General, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • Dr. Kipyego Cheluget: Deputy Secretary General, COMESA
  • Theo De Jager: President, Pan African Farmers' Organization
  • Lisa Dreier, Head Of Food Security and Development Initiatives, World Economic Forum,USA
  • Ms. Estherine Lisinge Fotabong; Director, of Programmes, NEPAD Agency


Synthesis - Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, CEO, NEPAD Agency


Press Conference


Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the UN
3 Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza
305 East 47th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10017

Further information

For more information, please contact the Kwame Ababio ( with copy to Tendai Sithole at ( and Sarah Lawan at (