Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Regional Workshop on African Agriculture in a Changing Climate

11 - 14 February 2014. Arusha, Tanzania. The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), East African Community (EAC) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), convened a regional workshop that provided an opportunity for consolidating, and sharing of experiences that could inform the emerging CSA global efforts and the on-going UNFCCC negotiations.

The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is expected to take place in December 2015, in France. African experts in climate change have been urged to incorporate agriculture in climate change negotiations.

Senior advisor in the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation (NORAD), Odd Eiric Arnesen said:
Food security and climate change should be a top agenda in Africa and international platforms. African negotiators in the climate change need to meet to take the matter of farming as part and parcel of the agenda. Agriculture needs to be inside the climate change instrument. Agriculture has been hard hit by the unprecedented climate change and needed to be heavily supported. Put agriculture at the centre when it comes to negotiating climate change issues on behalf of African farmers



The objectives of the workshop were:
  • consider COP19 outcomes and explore ways of consolidating the common African common position on agriculture in the on-going UNFCCC, SBSTA and ADP negotiations and at the GCF Board.
  • share experiences on the development and implementation of the National Climate Change Policies/Strategies/Action Plans with a view to determining their readiness to access climate finance.
  • 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.
  • facilitate and identify CSA priority action areas and adopt a common approach to the emerging Global Alliance on Climate Smart Agriculture.

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