Climate, Land, Agriculture, Biodiversity (CLAB-Africa) Regional Webinar Series: East Africa
The second regional webinar for the CLAB-Africa project focused on East Africa and was held on 27 June 2022. The webinar was co-convened by the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA), Future Africa Institute at the University of Pretoria, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN).
The CLAB-Africa project is also supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the French Embassy in South Africa, and the French Agency for Development.
The agricultural sector in Eastern and Central Africa (ECA) accomplishes many functions including food security, socio-economic wellbeing, jobs and income, cultural values and agro-biodiversity conservation while supporting over 60 percent of the population.
East Africa is particularly threatened by climate change due to high climate variability, high reliance on rainfed agriculture and limited economic and institutional capacity to respond to climate variability and change. Climate change is exacerbating already large inequalities in the region. Droughts and floods especially in rural areas are leading to increased rural-urban migrations of men and male and female youth which leaves women, children, elderly at home to provide agricultural labor.
Watch the recording of the East Africa regional webinar to find out how the CLAB-Africa Project is amplifying evidence for decision makers to address key climate-based challenges and impacts on food systems, ecosytems, bidodiversity and onehealth.