Adaptation to Climate Change in Rural Areas in Southern Africa (ACCRA)

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ACCRA is a SADC GIZ programme that supports the implementation of climate-relevant elements of the SADC Regional Agricultural Policy through strengthening the capacity of CCARDESA to act as a knowledge broker, coordinator and moderator for agricultural research and development.

The project carries out capacity building for technical staff and managers of different regional, national and local organisations, and it supports closer cooperation between regional and national institutions. At the regional level it disseminates information about topics related to climate change and agriculture, tailored to the different target groups. At both national and local levels, it is selecting agricultural value chains for which it will identify climate-smart investments.

The project is working in two areas:

  • Regional dissemination of knowledge for climate change adaptation in agriculture and climate-smart agriculture. SADC member states should gain access to improved knowledge management systems with which to promote the wider uptake of climate change adaptation in agriculture and climate-smart agriculture. Climate-smart agriculture increases the resilience of small-scale farmers, with production that is both better adapted to the changing climate and, as far as possible, more climate friendly in itself. As such it increases productivity and income levels sustainably, and improves food security. Climate-smart agriculture makes more efficient use of available resources, by combining agricultural research with indigenous knowledge, and applying practices and technologies for climate change adaptation
  • Climate proofing of agricultural value chains. The project contributes to the improved capacity of SADC member states to disseminate and finance climate-smart practices in agricultural value chains by:
    • carrying out vulnerability assessments to identify climate risks as well as options for risk mitigation, and to increase the resilience of priority agricultural products
    • prioritising proven climate change adaptation practices in priority agricultural value chains
    • carrying out feasibility studies of agricultural practices and technologies
    • conducting limited pilots of promising agricultural practices and technologies in specific cases
    • developing investment proposals for the scaling up of best practices in climate-smart agriculture for submission to potential funders.

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