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Climate Resilient Agriculture Success Stories – Making a Case for Scale Up
Southern Africa is likely to be significantly impacted by future climate change, with the latest projections for the region indicating that temperatures are likely to increase and more likely we will get: erratic rainfalls, delayed onset of the season, shorter seasons, increase in dry spells. Africa agriculture must undergo significant transformation to meet the multiple challenges of climate change, manifesting in food insecurity, poverty and malnutrition. Fundamental to tackling these challenges is the need to make agriculture more adaptive and climate-smart. This entails scaling up proven climate-resilient agriculture practices, technologies, strategies and policies to accelerate the transformation of Africa’s agriculture into a more sustainable and profitable sector. There is a need to support climate-resilient development in the region by developing a comprehensive prospectus of successful cases ready for scale-up to attract national, regional and international investors.

An example of a climate-smart agriculture project ready for up-scaling in the maize value chain development that the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) and the Zambian Agricultural Research Institute (ZARI) have been implementing with support from the SADC/GIZ’s ‘Adaptation to Climate Change in Rural Areas of Southern Africa’ (ACCRA) programme, implemented with the Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development in Southern Africa (CCARDESA) and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ). The CIMMYT-led intervention seeks to out-scale climate-smart technologies to smallholder farmers in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, with the goal of increasing their productivity, food security and climate resilience in maize-based farming systems.

The webinar will present a successful case study of resilience in the maize value chain which can be out scaled to other countries
in the SADC region.

Nov 28, 2019 03:00 PM in Johannesburg

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