SADC Futures Webinar Series

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Join the SADC Futures Training Series and develop 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 equips 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 will get you 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. As a participant, you will engage in interactive excercises during the six webinars. You will also get a complementary Toolkit Manual at the end of each webinar and open access to the Foresight Training Resource Centre and forthcoming e-learning course which will all be accessible on the CCARDESA website.

A certification of participation will be awarded to participants who take part in all of the six inter-linked training webinars.

The six training webinars will be run every Wednesday 24pm (SAST) between Wednesday 17th June and Wednesday 22nd July. The webinars will be conducted on Zoom.

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The virtual training is 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 include policy makers 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 is 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).

Recording: SADC Futures webinar series - Webinar 1: Introduction

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Recording: SADC Futures webinar series - Webinar 2: Foresight Tools - Analysis and Interpretation

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Recording: SADC Futures webinar series - Web​inar 3: Foresight Tools and Methods

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UNDP: Foresight Manual - Empowered Futures

This practical manual by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) introduces strategic foresight as an important practice in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

UNDP: Africa and Foresight: Better Futures in Development

This working paper, also by UNDP, explores ways in which African governments (and society) can make full use of the potential of foresight to realise the vision of Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda.

Brookings: Foresight Africa: Top priorities for the continent 2020-2030

This special edition of Foresight Africa highlights the triumphs of past years as well as strategies from our experts to tackle forthcoming, but surmountable, obstacles to a prosperous continent by 2030.

Adapting scenarios for climate adaptation: Practitioners’ perspectives on a popular planning method

This paper in the Journal of Environmental Science and Policy summarises a science-policy session held at the European Climate Change Adaptation Conference in 2019, where practitioners explored the strengths and weaknesses of scenario planning for climate adaptation and identified modifications to enhance the method’s utility.

Agriculture VII - Foresight for Development

This webpage explains foresight thinking with a focus on the agricultural potential of Africa’s futures.

FARA: Africa Foresight Academy

This Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) webpage provides information on the Africa Foresight Academy.

CCAFS: CSA Country Profiles

This Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) webpage provides profiles on countries located around the world. The profiles include overviews of agricultural challenges, and how climate smart agriculture can assist with adaptation and mitigation.

SAIIA: Is the Livestock Sector in Southern Africa Prepared for Climate Change?

This South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) document compiled in 2016 assesses whether the livestock sector in Southern Africa is prepared for climate change.

German Development Institute: Resilient adaptation to climate change in African agriculture

This study, by the German Development Institute in 2010, analyses how smallholder agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa adapts to, or can be adapted to, climate change using the concept of ‘resilient adaptation’.

CCAFS Future Scenarios

This CCAFS webpage provides blogs, opinions and analyses of scenarios for food security in the context of climate change.

A review of global food security scenario and assessment studies: Results, gaps and research priorities

This study, published in 2014, summarises, compares and evaluates global scenarios with a focus on food security.

IFPRI: Agricultural Research in Africa: Investing in Future Harvests

In this book, published in 2016, researchers and other development specialists examine the state of agricultural research and development in Sub-Saharan Africa and how it can be improved.

Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security in Southern Africa The need for policy alignment

This brief, drafted in 2011, focuses on the impacts of climate on agricultural production in Southern Africa and the need for policy alignment.

IISD: Future scenarios in Africa

This International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) webpage contains papers on future scenarios for agriculture in Southern Africa.