Regional Conference on Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture and Climate Smart Agriculture, August 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa


Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) with support from Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and working in collaboration with the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) convened a one-day conference on Climate Smart Agriculture in Southern Africa on 11th August 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference aimed at contributing to the adoption of climate resilient agriculture through sharing best practices and innovation among agriculture extension officers and other stakeholders in the region. The conference attracted senior agriculture stakeholders from SADC member states, representatives of farmer organizations and civil society, practitioners and researchers.

The proceedings report of the conference can be DOWNLOADED HERE

Following is the programme and presentations which were made during the conference:


Time Topic Presenter
8:00 – 8:30 Registration
8:30 – 8:40 Welcome Remarks


National Agricultural Marketing Council Mr. Bonani Nyhodo, FANRPAN Node Coordinator-South Africa
8:40 – 8:50 Welcome Remark CCARDESA  Dr. Baitsi Podisi, Programmes Manager
8:50 – 9:10 Opening Remarks – Supporting Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture through the SADC Reagionl Agricultural Policy (RAP) SADC Secretariat Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Directorate
9:10 – 9:30 Adaptation to Climate Change in Agriculture in Southern Africa GIZ ACCRA/CCARDESA,Ms Sarah Beerhalter, Programme Manager GIZ ACCRA Programme
9:30 – 9:50 Climate Smart Agriculture – from National Policy to Local Implementation in Malawi


Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Malawi  Mr. John Mussa, Land resources management
9:50 – 10:10 Opportunities to Climate Smart Input Subsidy Programmes in Southern Africa VUNA programme Ms. Liesl Keam, Technical coordinator
10:10 – 10:30 Q & A session
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:20 “Closing the gap” between Research and Practical Application for Climate Smart Agriculture: Successful examples World Agroforestry Centre Dr. Christine Lamanna, Senior Scientist, CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)
11:20 – 11:40 Moving from Conservation to Climate Smart Agriculture through Integrated Crop and Livestock Farming University of Zambia Dr. Kalaluka Munyinda, Senior Lecturer, Departmentof Plant Science
11:40 – 12:00 How climate smart is Conservation Agriculture: Examples from Malawi on practices, technologies and constraints to adoption Department of Agricultural Research Services, Malawi Dr. Amos Ngwira, Cropping systems agronomist
12:00 – 12:20 Climate Smart Practices: Conservation Agriculture in Southern Africa Example of successful project implementation and lessons learnt


WWF Zambia Mr. Crispin Miyanda, Field Facilitator Conservation Agriculture
12:20 – 12:40 Climate Smart Agriculture: Development of Smart Sprayer for Herbicides, Agricultural Research Council South Africa (ARC)  Dr. Tingmin Yu, Researcher
12:40 – 13:00 Q&A session
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:20 Supporting the Adoption of Climate Smart Agriculture by Enhancing Research Uptake through Knowledge Translation Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana, Dr. Olekae Tsompi Thakadu, Senior Research Scholar, Environmental Communication & Education Coordinator
14:20 – 14:40 Climate Smart Agriculture Scoping Study: Case Study Of South Africa Fort Hare University  South Africa, Dr. Charles Mutengwa
14:40-  15:00 Innovation Driven Climate Change Adaptation Department of Agriculture, Western Cape, South Africa Ms. Vanessa Barends, Agricultural Economist (Macro & Resource Economics Unit)
15:00 – 15:20 Q&A Session
15:20 – 15:40 Tea break
15:40 – 16:00 The Agricultural Research Council drives Vermiculture Technology: The Case of Kwa-Zulu Natal Province Agricultural Research Council, South Africa Ms. Salome Modiselle, Agricultural Economist (Economic Analysis Unit) and Mr. Lulama Sombalo, Soil Scientist (Institute of Soil Climate and Water, Soil Division)
Support Measures for Climate Smart Agriculture – GreenAgri Portal Department of Agriculture, Western Cape Ms. Learn Cloete-Beets, Senior Agricultural Economist (Macro & Resource Economics Unit)
16:00 – 16:30 Q&A session
16:30 – 17:00 Wrap up / Closure


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