New Zealand is supporting the Africa CSA Programme during the period 2021-2025 at a cost of NZD4.7 million (ca. US$ 3 million). Funding is provided by New Zealand Ministry of Trade and Foreign Affairs (MFAT) and Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI), while the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC) is responsible for implementation. A similar programme is being implemented in the Association of South East Asian (ASEAN) countries.
The programme is now halfway through implementation and a Mid-term Review (MTR) has been commissioned. As part of the MTR, a one-day experience-sharing workshop on agricultural greenhouse gas inventory improvement in Eastern and Southern Africa was convened. The workshop was supported by the New Zealand Government and convened by the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN).
The workshop had three objectives:
- Programme participants learn what others in the region are doing and plan to do
- Gain insights into what has gone well, not gone well and how we can do better in the future
- Inform the programme mid-term review.
The workshop brought together representatives of Eastern and Southern African States currently involved in the Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Inventory Improvement Programme supported by the New Zealand Government. There were 26 participants from ten eastern and southern African countries (Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe), Australia, United Kingdom and New Zealand
Participants were expected to undertake some preliminary work in preparation for the workshop. This involved, among other things, collating information on activities of the livestock inventory improvement programme; how livestock GHG inventory relates to nationally determined contributions (NDCs), national policies, institutional arrangements and challenges and opportunities for establishing GHG inventories in the livestock sector, to be shared at the workshop.