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December 2018
COP24: Engaging smallholders for climate action in agriculture

COP24: Engaging smallholders for climate action in agriculture

Climate change threatens progress towards improved global food security and poverty eradication. To implement climate action in agriculture, we need to mobilise political will and funding. CTA recognises the particular role of smallholders and indigenous knowledge. That is why we are urging the international community to make sure that climate action in agriculture is inclusive, and also addresses food security.

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Aggregating indigenous and scientific knowledge for better climate adaptation

Climate change poses a major threat to the food security of rural populations in sub-Saharan Africa. The vulnerability of rural communities in the region is exacerbated by their dependence on rain-fed agriculture and natural resources. It is therefore crucial for the protection of the livelihoods of farmers that available climate information is harnessed to anticipate and to respond to risks in agriculture.

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Mobilising funds and political will to prompt climate action

The agricultural sector is expected to produce 60% more food by 2050. However, because of climate-change, yields are expected to decrease by 10% while the world's population continues to grow. Though on the agenda at various international climate forums, less than 5% of global climate finance is targeted towards the sector.

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Weather forecasts: Helping farmers win their battle against climate change

Weather forecasts: Helping farmers win their battle against climate change

“Indigenous knowledge of predictions have become more like tossing a coin. We now see that traditional ways of predicting the weather just don’t work. With climate updates I know that if it rains tomorrow I can save my fertiliser for another day,” explains Zambian farmer, Sililo Musepei about weather updates he receives.

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ZFU-Econet wireless bilateral partnership in Zimbabwe

ZFU-Econet wireless bilateral partnership in Zimbabwe

Smallholder subsistence farmers in Southern Africa rely almost entirely on rain-fed farming. However, with unpredictable weather patterns due to climate-change there is significant impact on food security and incomes. CTA, as part of its project to scale up climate-smart agricultural (CSA) solutions for cereal and livestock farmers in Southern Africa is working with the Zimbabwe Farmers Union (ZFU) and its existing partnership with Econet to provide services and information to over 39,000 farmers via mobile telephone.

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Multilateral partnerships for climate-smart cereal solutions in Zambia

Multilateral partnerships for climate-smart cereal solutions in Zambia

Many Zambian farmers have little access to affordable and reliable CSA (climate-smart agricultural) technologies and practices. To help address this, CTA is facilitating a multi-stakeholder partnership to promote CSA solutions across the country. Already, 35,000 farmers are benefiting.

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