The NEPAD-iNGO Alliance for Scaling-Up Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) in Africa (‘Alliance for CSA in Africa’) is continuing to make progress towards its goal of empowering 6 million farm households in Africa by 2021. Following its official launch on 25 June 2014 at the African Heads of State Summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, the Africa CSA Alliance has been engaged in a critical design and consultative phase.
The Alliance is developing a platform upon which to promote and support the uptake and practice of CSA practices among smallholder farmers. The tangible results of the ACSAA will simultaneously contribute to the AU-NEPAD ‘Vision 25:25’ – a broader goal aiming to support 25 million farm households by 2025.
The Alliance has started activities in its first three fast-track countries, Zambia, Ethiopia and Niger. Malawi will be joining this cohort of countries as the Alliance’s fourth fast-track country. Government engagement and Alliance member discussions have already commenced in Malawi, and the Malawi Inception Workshop will mark the first official event to kick-start Alliance activities in Malawi.
The ACSAA’s Malawi Inception Workshop will follow the Beating Famine Conference and draw together a cross-sector of key local stakeholders to consider scaling CSA in the Malawian context. The purpose of the workshop will be to consider:
- the broader African CSA strategy and the status and trends of CSA in Malawi;
- implementation and institutional mapping to determine the ‘lay of the land’ for scaling CSA activities; and
- the Alliance – its purpose, contextualisation for Malawi, lessons learnt from other fast-track countries, and how it will work