Thursday, 17 March 2022 at 10:00am - 12:00pm
Conservation Agriculture Entry points into Regional and National Development Frameworks and Investment Opportunities in Southern Africa Stakeholders Engagement Meeting

Increasing agricultural productivity can be a cornerstone to transforming the economies of African states and enabling the continent to realise their full socio-economic development potential. Conservation Agriculture (CA), a Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) approach that increases the productivity and resilience of agriculture to climate change effects, provides a major opportunity in this regard. This is because CA provides an important pathway to sustainable agriculture and the conservation of natural resources, landscapes, and the environment by smallholder farmers, who are the mainstay of African agriculture.

The Food Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Network (FANRPAN) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation (FAO) will be convening a regional stakeholders engagement meeting focused on Conservation Agriculture Entry Points into Regional and National Development Frameworks and Investment Opportunities in Southern Africa on Thursday, 17 March 2022 at 10:00am - 12:00pm SAST

The purpose of the meeting is to share the summary of findings and recommendations from regional study focusing on Conservation Agriculture implementation in 10 countries in Southern Africa namely Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The study undertaken by FANRPAN included a) Mapping and synthesizing of Conservation Agriculture entry points into regional and national development frameworks; b) Identification of potential investment opportunities that National Conservation Agriculture Taskforces (NCATFs) can harness through various climate resilience financing and related facilities; and c) Facilitation of dialogue with key stakeholders to create awareness on ‘’low hanging fruits’’ in Conservation Agriculture.

The meeting will receive a draft synthesis report for the study for validation. Feedback from stakeholders will inform the finalization of the regional synthesis report.