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Supporting farmers adapt to climate change through conservation agriculture in Regional Africa

Supporting farmers adapt to climate change through conservation agriculture in Regional Africa

Full title of the project:

Improving livelihoods and food security in vulnerable Southern African Development Community countries: Supporting farmers adapt to climate change through conservation agriculture (CA)

Target areas:

Angola, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 1 097 392
SEK 6 700 000
Implementation:
01/06/2008-31/05/2010
Project code:
OSRO/RAF/810/SWE
Objective:

To improve food security and strengthen the livelihoods of vulnerable farming communities in Southern Africa.

Key partners:

National CA taskforces and CA Regional Working Group (CARWG).

Beneficiaries reached:

National CA taskforces, CARWG, organizations implementing CA activities, policy- and decision-makers, extension officers and farmers’ organizations.

Activities implemented:
  •  Support was provided to set up national CA taskforces in countries that did not have them and  consolidate and expand the membership of CARWG.
  •  National guidelines for CA activities were developed, revised and adapted.
  •  National events were organized and communication materials developed to raise awareness and  disseminate information about CA.
  •  475 people participated in national training of trainers’ activities and 33 in international/regional  courses.
  •  25 people from 10 countries attended a CA technical meeting in Zambia.
  •  Nearly 250 people joined regional CA study tours in Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  •  The First Annual CARWG Meeting was held in Johannesburg.
  •  A systematic documentation of CA status and risk analysis was carried out for ten countries (eight of which were supported through the project).
  •  The CA toolkit for M&E was revised to make it more user friendly and incorporate lessons learned  from its use in the region.
  •  M&E events were held including an M&E review, training, planning workshop.
Impact:
  •  Participants in CA awareness events had the opportunity to see CA in practice.
  •  The project stimulated interest in CA in two non-project countries – Madagascar and South Africa.
  •  Significant evidence on the benefit of CA was analysed and documented.
  •  Technical and policy response options for CA practice and upscaling were identified.
  •  M&E for CA in the region was better standardized and harmonized.