The expectations of the 3rd climate smart agriculture Forum

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With the theme "towards a vision 25×25-to take stock of the CSA in Africa", the 3rd Africa Alliance for climate smart agriculture Forum aims to review the progress made towards the 25×25 vision and to share lessons and ideas on how to promote the sustained adoption of climate-smart agriculture in the African context.

It turns out that after the success of the first two forums of the African Alliance for climate smart agriculture (CSA) in 2015 and 2016, AUDA-NEPAD and the African Union Commission, with the support of GIZ and NORAD, are organising on 27 and 28 March 2019 in Dakar, Senegal, the 3rd African Forum of the CSA Alliance.

The Forum will also discuss how the CSA can offer significant economic opportunities to millions of African youth despite climate change, effective funding models for large-scale investments in the CSA on the continent, and how to facilitate mutually beneficial and commercially sustainable partnerships between the private sector and smallholders in CSA interventions.

"We look forward to welcoming approximately 300 delegates, including senior officials, leaders of development organizations, farmers and farmers ' representatives, as well as business leaders in the sector private sector, "said Mr. Kwame Ababio, senior programme officer at AUDA-NEPAD.

Evolution of the Alliance forum for climate-friendly agriculture

At the 31st African Union (AU) Summit (Malabo, 2014), the heads of State and Government underlined the importance of agriculture and climate change by approving the NEPAD programme on Agriculture and climate change, which aims to that at least 25 million small farmers practise climate-friendly agriculture (CSA) in 2025. The NEPAD programme on Agriculture and climate change develops three major interrelated action streams:

(a) the CSA forum for Africa, which is essentially a Member State-led platform and movement that promotes the sharing, learning and strengthening of the public road for CFS;

(b) programme interventions and support services through which technical, financial and knowledge services are organized to support national actions; and finally,

(c) country-level action, reflecting support for national policies, investment financing and institutional and human capacity-building at all levels, with a focus on practitioners, in particular young people, women and rural people).

The 1st CSA Alliance for Africa Forum

As part of the first segment, the NEPAD Agency organized the 1st CSA Alliance for Africa Forum in may 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the theme: fostering alignment and harmonization of CFS efforts in Africa. The purpose of the Forum is to establish a common understanding of the CSA and to broaden access to information on these initiatives across the continent, including private sector and civil society initiatives. The Forum also established linkages and partnerships within the framework of programs and initiatives to broaden the CSA.

The 2nd Forum of the CSA African Alliance

The second Forum of the African CSA Alliance was held in Nairobi (Kenya) in 2016 under this theme: "from agreement to action: implementation of INDCS for growth and resilience in agriculture". This theme reflected the African countries ' emphasis on the agricultural sector in their INDC2. This was an important opportunity for Africa where agriculture remains fundamental to livelihoods and food security in the region and is increasingly vulnerable to climate change. The Forum aims to enable AU member countries, the private sector, civil society groups and representatives of the AU Member States to share their evolving experiences and practices, identify common interests and the possibilities for action on implementation at national and community level and, on the other hand, to continue to participate in UNFCCC processes and to update the CNDDS as necessary.

Vision 25×25 is the vision of the African Union to have at least 25 million small-scale farmers practising climate-friendly agriculture (CSA) by 2025 which was approved at the 31st African Union Summit in Malabo in 2014.

INDCs (now NDC)-intended nationally determined contributions-refer to commitments made by Member States in the context of measures to combat the impacts of climate change and contribute to the reduction of emissions in the framework of the Paris agreement signed in 2015.

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