Smart partnerships and innovative collaboration are key if Africa is to effectively tackle the deleterious impact of climate change on the agricultural sector, delegates heard at a side-event held on the margins of the historic SDGs Summit in New York.
Smallholder agriculture, the mainstay of most African countries is the sector that is most vulnerable to climate change. This sector is dominated by women farmers who account for over 80 percent of the continent’s food production.
From Maputo to Malabo, the NEPAD Agency’s CAADP has shown the way to transform Africa’s agricultural sector. For the past decade, CAADP has served as the continent’s policy framework for agricultural sector growth and economic development.
On 25th May 2015, I and my colleagues at the NEPAD Agency have joined the AU, the entire continent and indeed the Diaspora in celebrating yet another ‘Africa Day’ under the theme: “Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”.
“The Africa Climate-Smart Agriculture Alliance is the first such continental platform following the 2014 Malabo Declaration for mainstreaming climate change in agriculture,” said Mrs Estherine Fotabong at the first Africa CSA Alliance Forum