African countries are moving forward with the advancement of Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA). During a Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 40) pre meeting held on 30th May in Bonn, Germany, delegates from 25 African countries engaged in a dialogue on a shared vision and a mechanism for coordinating country efforts for CSA. Additionally, participants deliberated on institutional frameworks for accelerated and increased investments in CSA.
The meeting convened by the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) East Africa and the World Bank, invited a team of experts who shared their research findings and experiences on CSAs contribution to food security, jobs and incomes.
Key outcomes of the Bonn meeting included: an increased understanding and appreciation of CSA practices and technologies and their role in improving food security, increasing incomes and enhancing livelihoods in Africa’s changing climate. Secondly, delegates reported increased government support for the CSA alliance as displayed by the voluntary endorsements. Thirdly, countries were encouraged to promote continental coordination and knowledge sharing on CSA.
In addition to the above it was agreed to develop a compendium of existing climate smart agriculture best approaches (with strong gender dimensions) covering the six sub-regions of Africa (North Africa, Central Africa, West Africa, Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, and the Islands). In order to optimize opportunities for the regional alliance, the team will identify and review existing global and regional climate-smart alliances and recommend mechanisms for linkages. Finally, the alliance will be involved in the preparation and publication of a technical (scientific) framework (underpinning the strategic vision, aspirational goals, benefits, opportunities, membership) for a functional, responsive and inclusive African CSA.