SACAU’s progress in making climate resilience a reality for farmers

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The ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) in partnership with SACAU hosted a meeting in September 2016 in Johannesburg to launch a flagship project that seeks to promote climate-resilient cereal and livestock farming in southern Africa.

The meeting was also aimed to build partnerships and synergies with stakeholders in the implementation of the flagship project and for technical validation of the proposed scaling up-strategy. The project will provide support towards the adoption of four solutions by cereal and livestock farmers in order to build climate resilient systems in selected countries in the region.

These solutions are around stress-tolerant germplasms, ICT-enabled climate information services, diversified livestock-based livelihoods and weather-based insurance. In line with the outcomes of the meeting, SACAU has since prepared a project proposal which is currently under consideration by CTA.

The project focuses on ICT enabled climate information services and weather based-insurance, and implementation is expected to start in the first half of 2017. It will be implemented in three countries, namely Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe in partnership with members and an insurance company.

The project’s specific objectives are to increase the uptake of weather based insurance by farmers, to support a regional approach for the development of whether based insurance and to improve access to weather information by farmers through ICTs.