The 3rd Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa was held at the University of Nairobi, Kenya from 23 to 24 January 2020. The symposium was an interdisciplinary event organized within the framework of the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2036 of the African Union.
The theme of the symposium was Strengthening the capacity of Africa countries to handle the challenges of a changing environment. The participants comprised of university students, academicians, researchers, development agencies, policy makers and media personnel. A total of 110 delegates from 15 countries from across the globe attended the symposium.
Sita Ghimire and Donald Njarui, InnovAfrica Consortium members from International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) respectively, participated in the symposium. Sita Ghimire gave a plenary presentation on Agricultural intensification for food and nutritional security and climate change adaptation in Sub-Saharan Africa” and Donald Njarui gave a presentation on Brachiaria grass for climate-resilient and sustainable livestock production in Kenya.
Both presentations were well received by the participants and organizers particularly the multidisciplinary, and innovative approaches on Village Knowledge Center (VKC) and Multi-actors Platform (MAP) adopted by InnovAfrica project. Two remarks made by participants were:
This is one of the presentations that is so relevant to our country. Please share the presentation.Symposium participant
It is good to adopt VKC for areas where farmers are not able to access extension services in Kenya.Symposium participant
The symposium was highly successful in taking an inventory of various climate change adaptation initiative in Africa, information, ideas and experiences sharing especially successful initiatives’ and good practices across Africa. Moreover, the symposium provided a platform for networking to explore possibilities for cooperation.