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Salima,Malawi- January 12,2011:A farmer watering his field of sugar cane.The population of Malawi are mostly cultivated mainly sugar cane, a mainstay of the country, © iStock Editorial

26.03.2018 - Article

The Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) convened, on 25th and 26th January 2018, an inception workshop for the project titled “Climate proofing the maize value chain: out-scaling climate-smart technologies to smallholder farmers in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe”. The project is supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) through SADC Adaptation to Climate Change in Rural Areas in Southern Africa (ACCRA) programme with funding from the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The meeting targeted partners who are implementing the project. These are the Ministries of Agriculture for Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Malawi together with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT). Representatives of these organisations participated in the meeting to discuss implementation modalities of the project. These includes their roles, responsibilities and how they will work together in the project. 

The project aims to increase agricultural productivity, food security and climate resilience of smallholder maize farmers in Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe. One way it plans to achieve is by producing evidence and know-how on how to build agriculture linked climate change reselience. The project will also build capacity of partners on the preparation of quality investement proposals to access global financing for climate change adaptive agriculture.

Through this project, the three countries are working with farmers to pilot Climate Smart Agriculture practices. This builds on long-term trials which the CYMMIT has been conducting in a number of Southern African countries, to enhance conservation agriculture systems. The inception workshop in Harare communicated and facilitated a robust dialogue on  project implementation modalities across the three countries. The implementation modality uses a  participatory approach that will facilitate the engagement of all stakeholders at regional, national and project location levels through out the project cycle.

Under the umbrella of the ACCRA programme, Lesotho and Botswana are also targeted for the piloting of CSA practices in sorghum production. An inception meeting for this part of the programme is scheduled for 27th & 28th March 2018 in Maseru, Lesotho.

Lessons learned from the implementation of all ACCRA programme interventions are widely shared in the SADC region. The lessons are shared through CCARDESA’s regional  Southern African Agricultural Information and Knowledge System (SAAIKS) which is available at http://saaiks.net