The meeting will highlight some of the changes in the climate in Africa, and its impacts on agriculture. Given the changes in the climate and the many challenges from land degradation, the need for effective responses to better manage the risks of climate change using local and international knowledge is critical. Thus, the meeting will share existing best practices, approaches and technologies that can be used by farmers to help reduce the risks climate change poses.
The meeting will focus on building bridges between the knowledge, farmer actions, and in particular, policies that can facilitate famer organization and extension services to adopt such approaches. The importance of communicating these practical approaches and technologies to the people who can act on them, for example before, during and after droughts, will be emphasized.
By the end of the meeting, the participants will agree on the best ways that farmer associations, extension services, agricultural education institutions and policy-makers can collaborate to better manage the risks and opportunities from climate change that will ultimately lead to:
- improved knowledge and skills using existing practices, approaches, tools, technologies
- better agricultural decisions and actions, and
- more sustainable natural resource use.