Impacts through policies and partnerships

N. Palmer (CIAT)
Outcomes & Impacts

African partnerships set sights on scaling up climate-smart agriculture

East Africa
West Africa

In Africa, policymakers and investors have taken a growing interest in developing climate-smart agriculture (CSA). To support this, CCAFS has been providing scientific analyses to policymakers and have taken an active role in helping to engage stakeholders.

Large-scale investment is needed to scale out climate-smart agriculture if it is to create transformational change within agricultural systems. The project Partnerships for Scaling (P4S), co-led by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), is changing how people approach climate-smart agriculture in Africa. The P4S approach uses accurate information to develop models and tools that allow partners to decide on how to move towards climate-smart agriculture.

Scientists at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) have already used P4S to produce climate scenarios and the potential impacts of climate-smart agriculture in Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda. The data, especially the climate modelling developed by CCAFS research, assisted the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) to develop CSA Framework Programs for the 5 countries.

S. Kilungu (CCAFS)

The New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD), which is the technical arm of the African Union, has used P4S research to help shape a practical guide they are developing. The guide will be a vital cornerstone of NEPAD’s Vision 25x25 initiative, which is focused on introducing 25 million African farmers to CSA by 2025. It came out of the African Union Leaders’ ‘Malabo Declaration’ of 2014, which set a path forward for African agricultural development over the next decade.

Scientific and technical support is needed to help NEPAD and its partners achieve the Malabo goals, and CCAFS is closely involved in providing this assistance.