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Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture (MICCA) Programme

Africa

MICCA provides support to governments in Africa as part of its programme on capacity development, supporting the regular updating and submission of national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories to the UNFCCC. Focus has been given to regional, sub-regional and country level activities.

At national level, demonstrating results on the ground is also important if farmers, national policy-makers, international organizations and donors are to be persuaded to make climate-smart agriculture a priority. MICCA implemented two pilot projects in the United Republic of Tanzania and Kenya in 2011-2014 providing evidence that climate-smart agricultural practices can reduce GHG emissions, improve farmers’ lives and make local communities better able to adapt to changing climatic conditions.

The approach taken by the MICCA pilot projects to develop different climate-smart agricultural practices for smallholder farmers was based on participatory assessments and consultative processes at multiple levels. The development of the practices involved site-specific assessments of the adaptation, mitigation and food security benefits of a range of agricultural practices. The MICCA team and the farmers identified the practices that are most suitable for the given agro-eco­logical and socio-economic situation of each pilot project site.

MICCA support for GHG data in Africa

MICCA contributes to climate change discussions in Africa by organizing and participating in workshops. For more information refer to presentations in Slideshare through our resources section.

2017: In the framework of inter-agency collaboration between FAO and UNDP, the Global Support Programme (GSP) of UNDP/UNEP and the government of Senegal invited FAO (MICCA and REDD+) to participate in the second workshop of the West African South-South Network on MRV and Transparency, 10-13 October in Dakar, Senegal.

While the Dakar workshop aimed at developing an action plan for future activities, the Network’s scope is to provide short and long term benefits to its member countries by facilitating concrete opportunities for regional exchanges, peer to peer collaboration and improved capacity building on MRV and Transparency; provide participants with a better understanding of the linkages between the existing MRV arrangements and the Enhanced Transparency Framework established under the Paris Agreement; and share success stories and lessons learnt on MRV from the West African region.

A total of sixty-one participants from fourteen West Africa countries of the ECOWAS region (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo) attended the workshop. Morocco also took part in the workshop as guest country.

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2017: FAO, together with the Ghanaian Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology & Innovation (MESTI) and the African Regional Group of the International Partnership on Transparency in the Paris Agreement, co-organized an anglophone regional workshop on "Finance ready mitigation Actions: building blocks for NDC achievement". The workshop took place from 25 to 27 April with 24 member countries  of the Anglophone cluster and 12 resource organizations. The main objective of the workshop was to facilitate a peer-to-peer exchange on how to develop mitigation measures (including NAMAs) in the form of policy and financial frameworks that make low-carbon projects and programmes bankable.

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2016: MICCA, in collaboration with the Cluster Francophone and the Moroccan Climate Change Competency Centre (4C Maroc), organized a regional workshop to discuss financing strategies and policies for mitigation action (6-8 December in Casablanca, Morocco).

The primary objective of the workshop was to discuss and exchange experiences on financing strategies and policies for mitigation actions that are crucial for the implementation of (I)NDCs. Accordingly, country representatives and experts shared ideas, experiences and case studies on how to best combine public and private, national and international finance for NAMAs in the energy and AFOLU sectors in order to achieve transformational change for low-carbon development.

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The workshop participants in Lomé, Togo, 2016.

2016: MICCA, in collaboration with the UNDP/UNEP Global Support Programme (GSP), the UNFCCC Secretariat, the West African Development Bank (BOAD) and their Regional Collaboration Centre (RCC) of Lomé, ECOWAS Centre for Renewable energy and energy efficiency (ECREEE) and Agrhymet Regional Centre, provided support to fourteen West Africa countries through the “Sub-Regional Dialogue on the MRV framework West Africa” held from 4-6 October 2016 in Lomé, Togo. The workshop aimed to provide technical backstopping on the Measurement, Reporting ad Verification (MRV) framework, with a specific focus on the Energy and Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) and to support countries and regional institutions for South-South and South-North Cooperation. MICCA presented the work of FAO on Climate Change and South-South Cooperation and ran a full-day technical session on AFOLU focussed on institutional arrangements linked to reporting processes under the UNFCCC. For more information see the UNDP/UNEDP GSP website and the press release. Read the full report, in English and French

2015: MICCA in collaboration with UNFCCC, UNDP and IPCC provided support to the governments of thirty-four African countries during the “Africa Regional Workshop on the building of sustainable national GHG inventory management systems” held in Windhoek, Namibia. The workshop was focused on institutional arrangements, cross-cutting issues for the preparation of a national GHG inventory and Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) and verification procedures. MICCA chaired two sessions and run a technical session on AFOLU, aimed to demonstrate how some of the products developed by the FAO can serve as a means to implement QA/QC procedures within the AFOLU sector. For more information visit the UNFCCC website.

Fourth Capacity Development Workshop of the UNFCCC West Africa Project, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

2015: MICCA supported the UNFCCC project on Technical Assistance for Sustainable National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Management Systems in West Africa, implemented through a series of capacity development workshops that introduced participants with a wide range of FAO data analysis tools that support data quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) for a more robust national GHG inventory.

2014: Third workshop on statistics for greenhouse gas emissions. The aim of the workshop was to raise awareness on agricultural statistics in the context of UNFCCC national GHG reporting processes, to assess technical and institutional gaps, and to facilitate a dialogue among Ministries of Environment, Agriculture, National Statistical Agencies, and Bureaus responsible for national GHG reporting. The workshop, which was organised in liaison with the FAO African Commission on Agricultural Statistics (AFCAS), was attended by 21 African countries. Participants used the opportunity to share their experiences and to begin working towards solutions to the challenges they are tackling in their respective countries.