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The Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) National Policy Dialogue convened in Namibia
Protea Hotel Thuringerhof, Whindhoek, Namibia
8 July 2016


The Food Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) Namibia Node hosted by the University of Namibia (UNAM) convened a Multi-Stakeholder Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) National Policy Dialogue in Windhoek, Namibia, on the 8th July 3016. Stakeholders from government, universities, research institutes, farmer groups and other civil society organizations attended the meeting, and shared perspectives and experiences on CSA.

Namibia CSA National Policy Dialogue Delegates

The Facilitator, Dr Simon Angombe, FANR Dean, University of Namibia did the Welcome, Introductions and Overview of the day, as well as overall coordination of the program. Prof. Kenneth Matengu, the Pro-Vice Chancellor, UNAM gave the opening remarks, outlined the relationship between UNAM, FANRPAN and other strategic partners in Namibia and how the FANRPAN network operates across the region. He highlighted the significance of the policy dialogue in coming up recommendations for adaptation in Namibia especially at a time when there are discussions around the country on CSA. He also challenged participants to come up with possible proactive alternatives to climate change, other than adaptation. Prof. Matengu then showed his commitment and support to FANRPAN initiatives in Namibia by contributing N$30,000 to the Node. Finally, he appealed to FANRPAN to assist with introducing policy related research in the curriculum, and further bridging policy gaps (e.g. policy literacy).

The Facilitator - Dr Simon Angombe, FANR Dean, UNAM

Prof. Kenneth Matengu, the Pro-Vice Chancellor, UNAM

The meeting was officiated by Ms Esther Kambanda on behalf of the Permanent Secretary (PS) of Agriculture, Ms Sophia Kasheeta. The PS' speech outlined the importance of CSA, explaining how adapting to climate change and climate variability is all about knowledge, innovation and responsive action. The PS also highlighted some initiatives and needs, and how she hoped the Policy Dialogue would contribute to the development of the country's agriculture goals.

Ms Esther Kambanda, Permanent Secretary (PS) of Agriculture Representative

Mr Njongenhle Nyoni, a FANRPAN representative from the CSA Team, made a presentation on the FANRPAN Vision, Mission and the objectives of the dialogue, and further explained the importance of reviewing the findings of the Scoping Study in light of the latest developments in CSA.

Mr Njongenhle Nyoni, FANRPAN's Representative, CSA Team

Ms Sarafia Ashipala presented the Namibia INDCs and UNFCCC COP21 outcomes. She explained the National Development Goals and Priorities, and the commitments Namibia made to the UNFCCC in terms of reduction of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions and adaptation to climate change. Her presentation outlined that Namibia is willing and strongly committed to contribute to the global objective of stabilizing GHG concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system and limit global warming to below 2℃. Ms Ashipala's presentation also showed how different sectors of the economy have to work together to achieve the deisred outcomes.

Ms Sarafia Ashipala, Agrometeorologist Officer, MAWF

Dr Patricia Petrus - the consultant, made a presentation on the CSA Scoping Study finding and highlighted some key areas of interests from interventions, challenges and opportunities to recommendations. One the key highlights of her presentation was the challenge of sourcing information from some key stakeholders and sectors in the country.

Dr Patricia Petrus, The Consultant

Prof. Teweldemedhin's presentation on "Economic Impact of Climate Change and benefit of adaptations for maize production: Case from Namibia, Zambezi region", showed expected trajectories of economic impacts with and without CSA interventions under likely projected scenarios. This was followed by a panel discussion.

Prof. Mogos Teweldemedhin

Dr. Alfons Mosimane, APVC, UNAM

In his closing remarks, Dr. Alfons Mosimane, APVC: Neudamm Campus, UNAM encouraged all stakeholders to actively participate in scaling up CSA interventions in Namibia and addressing gaps identified during the policy dialogue.

For more information on this national policy dialogue or the CSA Scoping Study report, contact CSA-PLUS@fanrpan.org


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