About the Conference

2017 ReSAKSS Annual Conference

Theme: “A Thriving Agricultural Sector in A Changing Climate: Meeting Malabo Declaration Goals through Climate-Smart Agriculture”

25–27 October, 2017

Radisson Blu Hotel, Maputo, Mozambique

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), in partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC), is convening the 2017 ReSAKSS Annual Conference to promote review and dialogue on the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) implementation agenda among state and nonstate actors.

This year’s conference centers on climate-smart agriculture (CSA), a concept that has become prominent in recent years as development practitioners seek tools and apprpaches for addressing the intensifying effects of climate change. Climate change poses a significant and growing threat to food security and vulnerable populations in many parts of Africa and is expected to affect more people, more areas, and more farmers in the future. The outlook for key food crops as well as livestock and fisheries across the African continent under climate change is mostly negative, and together with increasing global demand, will likely drive up food prices.

In order to make good on the Malabo Declaration and particularly the goal to enhance resilience of livelihoods and production systems to climate variability, rapid action is required. Such action will need to draw from new tools and techniques to increase agricultural production and incomes by adapting and building resilience to climate change, commonly referred to as CSA. CSA is comprised of agricultural systems that contribute to: i) sustainable and equitable increases in agricultural productivity and incomes, ii) greater resilience of food systems and farming livelihoods, and iii) reduction and or removal of greenhouse gas emissions associated with agriculture.

The 2017 ReSAKSS Annual Conference will bring together state and nonstate actors to deliberate on key findings of the latest ReSAKSS Annual Trends and Outlook Report (ATOR), which examines the contribution of CSA to meeting Malabo Declaration goals. Speficically, the conference will seek to broaden our understanding of i) the current knowledge of the effects of climate change, ii) existing evidence of the effectiveness of various CSA tools, and iii) CSA-based practices and tools for developing and implementing evidence-based policies and programs.

The conference will allow policymakers, researchers, advocacy groups, farmers’ organizations, the private sector, development partners, and other key stakeholders from within and outside of Africa to

  1. discuss issues and recommendations raised in the 2016 ATOR—the official CAADP monitoring and evaluation report;
  2. review progress in implementing the CAADP agenda and in particular progress toward achieving key Malabo/CAADP goals and targets as well as in preparing for the first CAADP Biennial Review and developing second generation national agriculture and food security investment plans; and
  3. evaluate progress and challenges in operationalizing effective country strategic analysis and knowledge support system (SAKSS) platforms and mutual accountability platforms through agriculture joint sector reviews (JSRs).

To learn more about the conference, its objectives and expected outcomes, please read the conference objectives and expected outcomes.