IFAD and research institutions join forces to advance climate change adaptation in West and Central Africa

Cutting edge information, accurate data and state-of-the-art intelligence are essential to design high quality and impactful projects in smallholder agriculture. IFAD and a number of universities, research institutes and think tanks are joining efforts for improving evidence-based approaches on climate change adaptation in West and Central Africa.

Together IFAD and these institutions are setting up a long term partnership to improve the accessibility to best practices for research, technical and organizational innovations on climate change across agricultural and food systems in West and Central to support de-risked IFAD investments in the region.

This endeavour is part of a project funded by the second phase of IFAD's Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP II) which aims to address knowledge gaps in IFAD's planning and programming.

The initiative will enhance IFAD's evidence-informed Country Strategic Opportunity Programmes (COSOPs) and projects design while providing technical advisory support to climate change adaptation in West and Central Africa. This multi-partnership will improve IFAD's cooperation framework and future investments in countries with cutting edge knowledge, data and information on adaptation. This one stop shop will be a repository of relevant most up-to-date innovations, strategic studies/knowledge to inform future IFAD operations

To achieve this objective, IFAD has partnered with the University of Ibadan (UI) in Nigeria – one the best universities in Africa – having jointly organized a workshop on the topic at UI's campus, bringing together 20 delegates from 15 countries (Sudan, Niger, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Benin, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Cote D’Ivoire, Senegal, Nigeria, and Italy) and different research and non-profit institutions.

During three days in September, universities, think tanks, agricultural engineering schools and business schools discussed the contents of regional project pipelines under IFAD11 and identified collaboration opportunities on knowledge for COSOPs, projects design and IFAD's Social, Environmental and Climate Assessment Procedures (SECAP).

Workgroups at the event's plenary sessions have been asked to make proposals on how to set up a long term strategic partnership with IFAD to address interconnected challenges for its project designs as well as implementation bottlenecks of approved projects regarding climate change and agriculture. Participants spoke about increasing expertise sharing to enhance IFAD’s evidence-informed initiatives during the design phase and provide technical advisory during the implementation phase in order to improve smallholder farmers' adaptation to climate change.

The main findings of the workshop and inputs from the different delegates were captured into a logical framework drafted before the end the workshop. IFAD is working to compile them into a three year proposal (2019-2021) to be shared soon with all participants for review. The final document will be submitted to IFAD Programme of Grants and Loans (PoLG) and ASAP II for funding.

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