End of year Statement by the CCARDESA Acting Executive Director
As a busy 2017 winds to a close, I would like to thank you all for your support in the fight for food security in Southern Africa and beyond. During the year we have worked together and interacted in different fora. You met us in Lilongwe at the Science Agenda in African Agriculture (S3A) regional consultation, in Mauritius for the regional consultation on farm animal genetic resources, in Durban for the African Agricultural Extension Week, and recently in Johannesburg for the Global Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) conference organised by NEPAD (just to name a few). We have also communicated through our Dgroup community and social media to share vital information for the success of the region, Africa and beyond. Your views and comments did not go unnoticed.
Our major projects, the Agricultural Productivity Programme for Southern Africa (APPSA) and the SADC Adaptation to Climate Change in Rural areas for Southern Africa (ACCRA) have made significant strides in reaching out to the constituency. Notably we have conducted Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) trainings in Namibia and Zimbabwe at the request of the countries in question. Some countries have requested for similar support and we hope to manage in the coming year. The APPSA programme is doing well in Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to increase the availability of improved agricultural technologies in the region. Efforts have been made during the year to have more countries join the project. We collaborated with the World Bank and APPSA implementing countries to make such success. With support from partners which include CTA and GIZ we worked and we are working to improve our Information Communication and Knowledge Management (ICKM) systems which will see CCARDESA becoming a regional information hub for agriculture. However, this will not succeed without your support.
We thank our development partners which include but not limited the EU, World Bank, USAID, the German Government (BMZ) and our implementing partners which include GIZ, FARA, and others for the unwavering support. Our 15 founding member states remain our key pillar for support in both rough and fair weather. Their commitment to regional collaboration in ending hunger and food insecurity is unquestionable. CCARDESA has striven to achieve more with the limited resources at our disposal.
As we look forward in anticipation of a productive 2018, I wish to invite you all to strengthen our togetherness in research technology generation, dissemination and in ensuring adoption across the entire region. CCARDESA Secretariat avails itself as a willing and committed partner in fighting food and nutrition insecurity in the region.
On behalf of my team at CCARDESA Secretariat, I would like to wish you a safe and enjoyable festive season.
Dr. S. Mwale