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March 9th, 2018 / CTA, Netherlands

Climate-smart agriculture practices are helping to counter the devastating conditions faced by farmers in Africa in recent years. Sithembile Ndema Mwamakamba is Programme Manager for the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), a longstanding CTA partner. She explains how women are at the forefront of farmers’ efforts to build resilience to climate change.

Climate-smart agricultural (CSA) practices are helping small-scale farmers in sub-Saharan Africa to cope with increasingly difficult conditions due to erratic weather patterns, which are having a devastating effect on their crops and livestock. Women are at the frontline of efforts to salvage agricultural production for their households, as they seek to ensure that the quality as well as quantity of food eaten by their families suffers as little as possible.

“Farmers are actually seeing the effects of climate change in the form of droughts, flooding and changes in rainfall patterns, resulting in a decline in crop yields and livestock production,” said Sithembile Ndema Mwamakamba. “It’s not just science any more, or a phenomenon being talked about by experts. It’s something very real that is happening on the ground.” Read more