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PRESS RELEASE: Regional Workshop on African Agriculture in a Changing Climate: Enhancing the up-take of Climate Smart Agriculture

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The African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), and the East African Community (EAC) will this week jointly organize a regional workshop on African Agriculture in a changing Climate.

The Meeting will bring together climate change and agriculture experts from at least 20 African countries. These  experts are drawn from different fields that include: The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change  (UNFCCC) Focal Points in relevant Government ministries, particularly Ministry of Environment; as well as custodians of national climate change policies, strategies and action plans; The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Desk Officers;  Food and Agriculture Organisation of United Nations (FAO) Desk Officers in  Ministries of Agriculture; Sustainable Land management (SLM) focal points; Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) experts, Climate Scientists, National and Sub- regional Research Organizations; and Regional Umbrella Farmer Organizations.

Several specialized international, continental and regional organizations such as the World Bank, the Africa Union Commission (AUC), the New Partnership for Africa development (NEPAD), The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have also been invited to this big event.

The three-day meeting that starts on Wednesday, 12th February 2014, at the East African All Suite Hotel, and Conference Centre Arusha – Tanzania, will share experiences on the development and implementation of the National Climate Change Policies, Strategies and Action Plans. It will also explore ways of enhancing synergy between the national Climate Change and agricultural policies and strategies, assess the readiness   of African countries to access climate finance; and facilitate identification of CSA priority action areas and adopt a common approach to the emerging Global Alliance on Climate Smart Agriculture.

In order to learn from the beast practices, selected Countries will make presentations and share their domestic experiences, successes and challenges; and how they have faced them head on. At the end of the meeting, delegates will come up with key recommendations that enhancing the up-take of Climate Smart Agriculture, at National, Regional and continental level.

The official opening scheduled on Wednesday 12th February 2014 at 8.30 East African time is open to the media, looking at the wide range of dignitaries present, opportunities also exist for one on one interviews.

For more information contact:

Mweusi Karake,
PR & Communication Officer,
Programme on Climate Change Mitigation and Adapation in the COMESA-EAC-SADC region
Tel: +260 211 229725
+260 966 888 331
Email: mkarake@comesa.int

 

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