Economics and Policy Innovations for Climate-Smart Agriculture
 

Agriculture and climate change policy harminization dialogues

A major constraint to agricultural development in relation to climate change is the weak or lack of alignment among national policies. For this reason in August 2013 the Economics and Policy Innovations for Climate-Smart Agriculture (EPIC) programme facilitated two policy dialogues among policy-makers from the Ministries of Agriculture and Environment and other key stakeholders in Malawi and Zambia. The meetings were organized in order to review the respective national climate change and agricultural policies and develop consensus on priority activities to be included in national strategic documents on Climate-Smart Agriculture.

See below for more information on the two policy dialogues.

14 August 2013, Lusaka, Zambia. Promoting agricultural development in the face of climate change is a key concern of the Zambian Government. Recent studies show that climate-related events are already damaging the country's natural resources and urgent action is needed to support the agricultural sector and build a climate-resilient economy. This is why the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock and the Ministry of Environment agreed to hold a meeting to review and ensure consistency and alignment between the National Agricultural Policy and the Climate-Change Policy.

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20 August 2013, Lilongwe, Malawi. The Policy Dialogue between the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Management (MoECCM) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MoAFS), provided an opportunity to discuss linkages climate change and agriculture, with the aim of building greater alignment and consistency between the Agriculture Sector Wide Approach (ASWAp) and the National Climate Change Policy. Participants included representatives from the FAO-EPIC programme as well as academia and civil society. 

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