In development and policy discussions at different levels, there is a general agreement that the adverse impacts of climate change on agriculture especially for smallholder producers in ACP region is high and, and urgent actions are required to assist farmers.
In the quest to identify and promote practical solutions that work for the smallholder farmers and their families, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) initiated a project to document existing practices, tools and policies that have helped farmers to continue to produce food in the face of changing climate, understand the impacts of such solutions, identify partners and types of partnerships to scale-up the most promising practices.
CTA organised a working session in its premises from 5 to 7 August 2015, entitled "Climate Change Solutions that Work for farmers". The workshop was attended by several scientists from the African continent to share their experiences and lessons on workable, relevant and practical climate change for farmers in order to scaling up the most promising/proven cases in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.
Dr B.Lalljee from the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Mauritius attended the workshop and shared their findings of the research work on Agricultural Insurance as a Tool for Adaptation to Climate Change in Mauritius.
Among other objectives, the session aims to:
- Present progress of each case study and adopt a common format for preparing final documentation of individual reports.
- Peer-review each case study, conduct rigorous examination of its practical relevance as solutions to climate change for smallholder farmers.
- Identify drivers of adoption and lessons for scaling up the most promoting.
- Identify the key communication materials from the documented cases and dissemination forums to inform stakeholders.
- Identify key partners and type of partnership arrangements to raise resources for scaling-up the most promising case that are proven to be most appropriate for farmers.
Read more about CTA and partners' interventions to move agriculture further up the climate change agenda here