Representatives from government, international organizations, climate science and farmer organizations met at a three-day workshop to share experiences on how development and implementation of national climate change policies, strategies and action plans have interacted with the adoption of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) in Africa.
With the goal of informing emerging global efforts on CSA and influencing the UNFCCC negotiations, participants underscored the need to demonstrate how Africa's economic growth is being impacted by climate change. They called for multi-sectoral approaches to address climate changes impacts, and provided concrete approaches to integrate climate change into into planning and implmentation of agricultural strategies. The workshop, titled 'Regional Workshop on African Agriculture in a changing climate: Enhancing the up-take of Climate Smart Agriculture,' also considered synergies among national climate change and agricultural policies, and opportunities for accessing financing.
The meeting took place from 11-14 February 2014, in Arusha, Tanzania. It was jointly organized by the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS), and the East African Community (EAC). CCAFS is a program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). The meeting was one of a series that will inform Africa's common position in the lead up to the launch of the Global Alliance on Climate Smart Agriculture on 23 September 2014, during the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit.
With the African Union Year of Agriculture and Food Security in full swing, ONE today is releasing a joint report with the World Bank’s Gender Innovation Lab aimed at sparking policy change on a formidable barrier holding back Africa’s agricultural transformation – a wide and pervasive gender gap.
Levelling the Field: Improving Opportunities for Women Farmers in Africa brings forward fresh, new data measuring the gender gap in African agriculture and sets out a roadmap to guide policy change. Tackling the specific drivers of the productivity gap identified in the report could deliver a powerful one-two punch of improved gender equality and economic growth...
Here are a few of the report’s biggest takeaways:
1) The gender gap in African agriculture is real, and in many countries, quite dramatic...
2) Ensuring that women have equal access to key resources like labour, fertiliser, or training does not always generate equal returns for women farmers...
3) While the drivers of the gender gap vary by country, challenges related to labour, fertiliser, and land, cut across borders.
Labour emerges as the chief barrier to progress for women farmers, and it’s a challenge that policy-makers have largely overlooked. Agriculture in Africa depends heavily on manual labour, from farmers’ households, families and communities. Unfortunately, across every country profiled in the report, women face difficulties mobilising the workers they need to make their farms successful.
Policy guidance on this front has been woefully insufficient. For this reason, the report calls upon African policy-makers and donors to do more to develop effective policies and programs to help women farmers overcome their labour challenges.
2014 offers an historic opportunity for policy-makers, donor governments and development partners to commit to concrete actions to narrow the gender gap in agriculture. The African Union has declared it to be the “Year of Agriculture and Food Security,” bringing much needed attention to the sector’s potential to transform the continent...
In advance of International Women's Day, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) launched a report today that highlights the vital role women smallholder farmers play in delivering both economic and social benefits when provided the right tools for adapting to climate change.
The report, The Gender Advantage: Women on the front line of climate change, shows that successful adaptation to climate change means recognizing the role of women smallholder farmers. It describes the lives of millions of women around the world who have been able to better support their families and communities because on gender-sensitive adaptation...
Former US Vice-President and climate change lobbyist Al Gore has launched the African branch of the Climate Reality Project, which aims to mobilise individuals and organisations to implement climate change mitigation measures and 'spread the truth' of climate change to communities on the continent.
According to an Engineering News report, Gore told more than 700 delegates at a three-day Climate Reality Project workshop in Johannesburg last week the African division of the organisation would look to collaborate with 'climate leaders', African governments, non government organisations (NGOs) and scientists across the continent to identify continent-specific solutions to global warming and carbon emissions. 'This is a critical time for Africa. Although the continent produces a relatively small proportion of the carbon pollution driving global climate change, the continent bears a disproportionate share of its impacts,' Gore is quoted in the report as saying. Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau, who attended the conference, added that the city had already implemented various initiatives aimed at 'greening' the metropole and enhancing urban energy efficiency, says the report.
Gore said the key was to move towards adapting to climate change - changing the way we live to survive the change - and mitigating by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. A Mail & Guardian Online report notes that SA was lagging behind because of its commitment to coal and the subsidies that went towards this. 'Production of electricity by coal in SA is very expensive and unreliable, as you have seen this year,' Gore is quoted in the report as saying. But the country was rated the world's most promising emerging market for solar energy and other renewable energy. By 2020, 80% of the world's population would be living in countries where solar electricity is cheaper than fuel from coal and other sources. This was a game changer. 'The future is renewable,' he said, according to the report.
The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD), in collaboration with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the UN Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia...
Recognizing the critical role of indigenous peoples and other forest-dependent communities to the long-term sustainability and effectiveness of REDD+, the UN-REDD Programme has prioritized stakeholder engagement from its inception. Recognizing that a key component of effective stakeholder engagement is the right to FPIC and responding to calls from stakeholders, countries, partners and donors for further clarification on FPIC in the context of REDD+, the UN-REDD Programme organized a series of regional and international consultations with indigenous peoples, forest-dependent communities, international human rights and safeguards experts and REDD+ practitioners to delve into the complexities, challenges and remaining questions around the application of FPIC for REDD+.
The Guidelines are the result of more than two years of consultation, analysis, pilot-testing, consensus building and refinement around core issues related to FPIC; from its conceptual definition to its practical application.
“If the water flow keeps receding at this rate, people won’t get water for even drinking,” warns water expert (Loss of glaciers, forests bring misery to major Indian river basin http://t.co/c9c9OpdFrI...
Last week, the team of public-private partners launched Global Forest Watch, an online forest monitoring and alert system that seeks to reduce deforestation and improve forest management worldwide. Using satellite ...
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