CISANET contact person: Lovemore Mtsitsi and Pamela Kuwali
Funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), the AFRICAP project is an innovative program of work that aims at promoting the development and implementation of evidence-based policy pathways for sustainable, productive and climate smart agricultural systems. The project is being implemented in Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. It is premised on the understanding that agricultural development is fundamental to achieving many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Sub-Saharan Africa. The project sets out to collaboratively build the capacities required across research and policy to tackle the complex and multi-faceted challenge of achieving sustainable and resilient transformations of the agriculture and food systems.
The project addresses research and capacity growth under 3 broad themes: (1) How to make agriculture (and food systems) productive as well as resilient to extreme weather whilst minimizing impacts on the environment and maximizing its contributions to livelihoods, and food and nutrition (2) As the economic and food-security demands on agriculture change over the next decades, and at the same time weather and climate risks change, what are the feasible ways that agriculture can develop to become more productive in order to meet future needs? (3) How can policy be developed that enables potential sustainable, productive, climate-resilient pathways to be realized in the most inclusive way, thus maximizing the contribution of agriculture to achieving the SDGs.