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7 May, 2018


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Sub-Saharan Countries primarily depend on agriculture for economic growth and
livelihoods. However, due to
many factors including political and institutional challenges
as well as
unsustainable practices in agriculture,
agro
-
ecolog
y
and overall natural resource
management, majority of the households especially rural smallholder farmers are
continually
food
insecure and have limited livelihood opportunities especially in the wake
of climate change. The need for implementation of
knowl
edge
-
based sustainable agro
-
ecological and natural resource management systems and best practices cannot be over
-
emphasised.
In Malawi, one of the programmes being implemented is the Capacity Building for
Managing Climate Change in Malawi (CABMACC) whose
overall goal is to improve
livelihoods and food security through innovative responses and enhanced capacity of
adaptation to climate change. The Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural
Resources (LUANAR) is implementing the program in collaboration
with the Norwegian
University of Life Sciences (NMBU).
CABMACC aims to strengthen the teaching, training, research, technology development
and outreach for climate change adaptation and mitigation planning. The programme is
conducted in districts in Mala
wi that are considered hot spots for climate change
-
related
vulnerability, and will end in December 2018.
There is a need to document and synthesize the results obtained during this program, and
to identify and share the major findings, which could also
be the basis of recommendations
and policy
-
driven documents.
Building on previous programs with Norwegian support, Sokoine University of Agriculture
(SUA), Tanzania will
probably
launch a new program in spring 2018 titled
’Program for
Smallholders’ Utiliz
ation of Smart Technologies in Agricultural Industry and Natural
Resources (SUSTAIN)
’. In coordination with the
possible
launch of this program, there is a
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need to review the existing information and any recent, relevant results obtained in other
programs/
projects, in order to start the program on a sound footing.
In addition, several institutions and organisations within Malawi and sub
-
Saharan Africa
are also carrying out research and outreach interventions related to sustainable agriculture
and natural r
esource management in the wake of climate change.
It is envisaged and recognised that CABMACC, SUSTAIN and other institutions have several
similar objectives and working methodologies, and can benefit from the knowledge sharing
and collaboration that this
conference can provide



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