Science For Climate Smart Agriculture In Africa (Science4CSA)
José Graziano da Silva, Director General, FAO
The Science for Climate Smart Agriculture in Africa programme supports efforts to get new and appropriate tools and farming practices in to the hands of African farmers. In doing so Science 4CSA seeks to draw lessons from a range of successful and less successful past episodes of Africa’s agriculture while using modern scientific methods to replicate and boast outputs in the phase of new climatic and environmental challenges. Science4CSA will also ensure sustained scientific research and capacity development of Africa’s farming communities so as to address the urgent climate risks to food systems in a bid to ensure food security in the continent, while at all times steadfastly incorporating the need for adaptation and the potential for mitigation in to more practical scientific and sustainable agricultural development strategies. Science4CSA intends to uncover broad ranged resilience building services based on scientific research such that smallholder farmers can find a pathway to transition towards more sustainable agricultural systems and climate resilience livelihood strategies. The programme will work with farmer organizations at all levels of the agriculture value chain to help farmers hone their business management skill, gain greater purchasing power and marketing leverage, and improve their crop and resource management abilities or skills. In enhancing Africa’s agricultural development, Science4CSA will place more emphasis on the role of science and innovation in Africa’s economic transformation. In doing so, the programme will systematically develop and align science and technology strategies with agricultural development in the continent. All these will be done with a strong consciousness of Africa’s growing interest in regional economic integration through its regional economic communities.