On the 25th of June, the NEPAD Agency launched a Climate-Smart Agriculture alliance of diverse partners in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. The Alliance unites the public sector with research and civil society organisations to scale up on-farm assistance, link to technological advances and support a favourable policy environment. This cross-sector collaboration is designed to achieve transformational impact; farmers, communities and systems for lasting change.
The alliance will align international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) and research activities with existing agricultural investment plans, increasing coherence and coordination for greater impact. The Alliance will seek the best approaches to promote the resilience of African smallholder farmers, particularly women and vulnerable groups, focusing on methods to strengthen livelihoods, reduce inequities and increase the productivity and reliability of agricultural activities.
Members of the Alliance include five INGOs which will lead scaling up activities: CARE, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Concern Worldwide, Oxfam and World Vision. Four technical partners will ensure the best, most up-to-date technical information and evaluation capacity. They are the United Nationsâ€™ Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the African policy and advocacy NGO known as the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), the research consortium CGIAR, and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA).
Also present at the launch was Former President of Ghana, Dr John Kufour, who spoke on the looming threat of climate change and the need for advocacy on the effects thereof.
The CEO of FANRPAN, Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, reiterated that this alliance will need to address issues on food security, nutrition security, mitigation of agriculture and adaption to climate change strategies.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between NEPAD and the INGOs. It was convened by NEPAD via the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP).