SCIENCE FOR CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE IN AFRICA (Science4CSA)
“What happens with agriculture will determine what happens to our world”
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.
The Africa Science Diplomacy and Policy Network (ASDPN) will at all times and across all social levels work vigorously to ensure that gender issues are mainstreamed in Science For Climate Smart Agriculture in Africa.
- Individual, commodity- and activity – specific successes will be built upon and translated in to sustained, system wide improvements in agriculture performance.
- There will be the promotion of investments, policies and partnerships necessary to replicate and scale up successful technologies and processes that will help accelerate growth in Africa’s agriculture.
- The poverty cycle in the continent will be bridged making way for a vibrant agricultural sector that provides sustainable incomes, employment and affordable priced staple foods.
- There will be effective crisis response and increased productivity thanks to sustained capacity development on response to pests and diseases that threaten food security in the continent.
- There will be sustained and continuous rejuvenation of diverse continental scientific research thanks to laboratory and field capabilities which will ease the embracing of sustainable and Climate Smart Agriculture best practices.
- Science will be mainstreamed as an essential part of agriculture-led social and economic transformation in Africa.