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FAO technical support to the COMESA-EAC-SADC Programme on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region

FAO technical support to the COMESA-EAC-SADC Programme on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region

Full title of the project:

FAO technical support to the COMESA-EAC-SADC Programme on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region

Target areas:

Eastern and Southern Africa

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 4 568 000
01/09/2013-30/09/2015
Project code:
OSRO/RAF/307/COM
Objective:

To increase the number of farmers in Eastern and Southern Africa implementing climate-smart agriculture (CSA), particularly conservation agriculture (CA).

Key partners:

National Conservation Agriculture Task Forces (NCATFs), national governments, Ministries of Agriculture, Conservation Agriculture Regional Working Group (CARWG) for Southern Africa.

Beneficiaries reached:

12 national governments, members of NCATFs, farmers and trainers.

Activities implemented:
  • Supported the integration of CSA into National Agriculture Investment Plans (NAIPs).
  • Developed tools to support CSA screening of NAIPs and facilitate investment in CSA and facilitated resource mobilization in Kenya and Namibia.
  • Strengthened existing CSA platforms (NCATFs, CARWG) and helped set up new national platforms in Botswana, Ethiopia and Zambia and a regional one in East Africa.
  • Conducted scoping studies to determine the spread and degree of CA adoption by smallholder farmers in the 12 project countries.
  • Supported the organization and participation of ESA delegates in the 1st Africa Congress on CA and the Beating Famine Conference for Southern Africa.
  • Supported household surveys of 818 smallholder farmers in 15 districts of Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe to quantify the adoption and benefits of CA.
  • Supported efforts to harmonize tools and methods for CA census.
  • Contributed to the development of training materials, as well as supporting the training of 597 trainers in CSA principles and practices and 435 farmers, mainly in CA.
  • Organized awareness raising events that were attended by over 6 000 people.
Impact:
  • Increased awareness of CSA in all target countries and at regional level through developing and disseminating of information materials, policy briefs and training materials.
  • Enhanced knowledge of the benefits and limitations of different CSA technologies and practices among farmers, trainers and others who participated in training activities.
  • Improved coordination among CSA stakeholders at national and subregional/regional levels.
  • Enhanced capacity of national experts for CSA screening of NAIPs.
  • CSA screening tools developed are now being used in several countries in West Africa.
  • Resources mobilized in Kenya and Namibia will help scale up this CSA approach, while the CSA screening of NAIPs will help contribute to enhanced investment in the longer term.
  • The 1st Africa Congress on CA has contributed to raising the profile and knowledge of CA and participants acknowledged CA’s potential contribution to achieving CAADP’s goal of 6 percent annual growth in the agriculture sector.