Regional Training on Sustainable Land-Water Management: Towards Climate-Smart Agriculture
The World Bank Institute Climate Change Practice (WBICC), in partnership with the TerrAfrica capacity building program managed by New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and Common Market for Eastern and South Africa (COMESA), launched a regional training on “Sustainable Land-Water Management: Towards Climate Smart Agriculture”. The event, held at Africa Institute for Capacity Development (AICAD) in Nairobi, witnessed a diverse participation of climate change negotiators, staff of ministries of agriculture and forestry, media and civil society, regional and county trainers from COMESA countries.
A growing recognition of agriculture’s central role in increasing global food security, enhancing farmers’ ability to adapt to a changing climate, and in sequestration of greenhouse gases, has led to a converging agenda of climate-smart agriculture. Such practices include soil and water management, watershed rehabilitation, integrating crops with trees, and managing livestock and rural energy within an integrated production system.
The three-day event that commenced on October 17, focused on showcasing good practices and innovative approaches in implementation of policies and investments relating to climate-smart agriculture. It provided a forum for people from different sectors to exchange ideas on climate change adaptation and mitigation options, and helped them identify areas for collaboration.
The training successfully concluded with affirmative feedback from participants; some of that feedback reads: “The carbon sequestration and finance are two key added values to this course. Please develop more!”; “I like the introduction of CSA, conservation agriculture, use of multimedia and clicker exercise.”
This event marked the first of WBI on-the-ground support to TerrAfrica’s multi-year, multi-partner project in terms of building regional capacity in the subject area. WBICC is working with the Africa region to support a multi-year work plan for the regional knowledge project, including f2f training, e-Courses, and South-South knowledge exchange, as well as TerrAfrica’s knowledge platform on Sustainable Land Management.