Training Package 1: Tackling Climate Change in Agriculture

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Tackling Climate Change in Agriculture

Approaches to climate change adaptation and climate smart agriculture in SADC

This training package aims to provide an overview of the challenges climate change poses for agriculture in the SADC region, as well as elaborating on the relevant concepts of adaptation, mitigation, vulnerability, climate smart agriculture and others. It provides technical detail, practical examples and good practices, and equips participants with the hands-on knowledge and expertise of climate proofing agricultural value chains or systems. The interactive training aims to bring together participants from different contexts to facilitate knowledge exchange and learning amongst peers.

The training package is geared towards national and sub-national extension decision makers, multiplicators and practitioners, as well as technical staff in the Ministries of Agriculture or other organisations in the SADC Region. After the training, participants will be familiar with concepts of climate change adaptation, climate smart agriculture and climate proofing, and will be capable to apply such concepts in their individual work contexts.

The Training Package includes presentation modules (see related content below) and hands on group-work as well as excursions.

For a comprehensive overview of the materials, download the Training Package Reader.

Technical Training Modules 

The modules have been designed so that they can be used independently and flexibly. Thus, the training package can be adopted, adapted, mixed and matched, and expanded in order to meet the specific training needs at hand. Download the Technical Modules from Related Content below.

The Climate Proofing Tool

As part of the package is a Climate Proofing Tool for CSA. The climate proofing tool expands the existing OECD/GIZ tool towards a stronger CSA focus, as well as more emphasis on knowledge co-generation with respect to the specific case study at hand. The tools consists of a series of steps that are being implemented by the training participants in groups, focusing on particular case studies or systems of interest. 

These steps are as follows:

  • Assessing the current and future climate risks,  
  • Identifying adaptation options (CSA) and,
  • Prioritising and selecting adaptation measures.


Excursions are an integral part of the training module. Learning and knowledge sharing greatly benefits from excursions and the visualization of existing experience, good practices and lessons on the ground.  

Learning goals should be formulated and information about the excursion provided in advance.

More information

For more information, please contact the CCARDESA Training Team

The following trainings for Tackling Climate Change in Agriculture have taken place:

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