The SADC Futures Training Series developed skills and capacity for applying foresight for climate-resilient agricultural development.

In these highly uncertain and rapidly changing times, the SADC (Southern African Development Community) region, like many regions in Africa, remains fundamentally dependent on a resilient agricultural system and natural resource base. Climate change still poses the greatest threat to the agricultural system and therefore technical capacity is needed to address these future impacts and adapt plans, policies and programs.

Taking into account alternative futures, this tailored foresight training equipped users to practically apply the range of foresight tools and methods for innovative strategic planning and policy formulation for climate resilience.

This virtual training webinar series got participants ready to apply practical and concrete foresight tools and methods to plan for climate resilience in agriculture and natural resource management in the SADC region and beyond. Participants engaged in interactive exercises during the six webinars. A certification of participation was awarded to participants who took part in all of the six inter-linked training webinars.

The six training webinars ran every Wednesday 24pm (SAST) between Wednesday 17th June and Wednesday 22nd July.

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The virtual training was designed for regional and national government, civil society, research and private sector representatives aligned to agriculture, food systems and climate change across the SADC Region. Target stakeholders included policymakers and technical officers, and representatives of farmers’ organizations, media, academia, advisory services, women and youth-focused organizations, as well as potential financiers and development partners. The training was also beneficial for anybody working at policy level in terms of foresight and scenario development tools and within other regions across Africa.

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This training series is a joint initiative of the SADC Secretariat’s Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) Directorate, the Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA), the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) through the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and German Development Cooperation facilitated through the SADC / Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH ‘Adaptation to Climate Change in Rural Areas’ programme (ACCRA), funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).