The Adaptation to Climate Change in Rural Areas in Southern Africa (ACCRA) Programme, implemented by SADC and GIZ and financed by the German Government, exhibited knowledge products of ACCRA and Center for Coordination of Agriculture Research in Southern Africa (CCARDESA) and other climate smart agricultural information packages at the SADC Ministers of Agriculture, Food Security, Fisheries and Aquaculture in Windhoek, Namibia which run from 3 to 6 June 2019.
SADC Member States are grumping with climate change which is evidently clear e.g. through the two unprecedented cyclones (Idai and Kenneth) that hit parts of Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe in March and April 2019 which resulted in loss of 800,000 hectares of crop land. Low rainfall has also negatively affected food security, crop and livestock production in the region. These challenges have led to Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe declaring State of Drought Disaster and have started disaster response plans. The Region needs to accelerate the adoption of climate smart agriculture production systems to mitigate its effects.
The ACCRA programme supported the CCARDESA to launch the first nine out of 24 climate smart agriculture knowledge products at the meeting. Five posters showcased 40 crop varieties developed in the Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique through the CCARDESA/Agriculture Productivity Programme in Southern Africa (APPSA), implemented on behalf of the World Bank Group. ACCRA displayed the Herding for Health poster, implemented with Peace Parks Foundation and Conservation International to mitigate effects of climate change in Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia; and the maize-legume systems poster in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, a project implemented with International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT).