INVITATION: 2023 Regional Climate Smart Agriculture Policy Dialogue: Transitioning to climate-resilient farming systems in Sub-Saharan Africa
13 March 2023 -
15 March 2023
Future Africa Campus, University of Pretoria
The Transforming Smallholder Irrigation in Southern Africa consortium in collaboration with the FANRPAN Node Hosting Institution in South Africa – National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC), Agriculture Research Council (ARC) South Africa, Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), the SADC Groundwater Management Institute (GMI); the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR); the International Water Resources Association (IWRA); International Water Management Institute (IWMI); the Water Research Commission (WRC) of South Africa, the Wine Industry of South Africa), Human Research Council of South Africa (HSRC) and the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP)have come together to convene a CSA Policy Dialogue ahead of the UN 2023 Water Conference. The Policy Dialogue provides a unique opportunity for stakeholders from SSA to reflect together and craft messages that will feed into the UN Water Conference deliberations.
Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is dealing with climate change and its impacts will intensify in the medium term. Higher temperatures, changing rainfall patterns and more frequent and extreme droughts and floods are projected. This has major implications for Africa’s smallholder farmers who support their households and local markets through products produced in less than three hectares of land. Nearly 93% of agriculture in Africa south of the Sahara is currently rainfed and a large share of the rural population is subject to the vagaries of climate to grow crops and support livestock production. Yields for both crops and livestock have stagnated or grown only slowly for decades; as a result, net food imports of basic staples have increased rapidly in line with growing populations and are projected to continue.
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