Capacity building seminar on agriculture and climate change
Mainstreaming climate change issues into agricultural policies in Central Africa
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 to Friday, December 4, 2015
In Central Africa, a subregion that includes coastal, Sahelian and forest areas highly exposed to climate hazards, agriculture remains the most important sector of the economy, with over half the population involved. It contributes nearly 30% to the gross national product of countries within the sub-region. But this is essentially subsistence agriculture and highly dependent on rainfall for crops’ water supply. The sub-region is therefore very vulnerable to climate change, seasonal disruptions and rainfall distribution.
Given these effects, it is important to ensure that all concerns related to climate change are sufficiently taken into account in agricultural policy-making at national and subregional levels.
The main objective of the seminar is to inform and educate experts from Member States and Intergovernmental Organisations (IGOs) and parliamentarians on climate risk and its changes in the agricultural sector in Central Africa and strengthen their ability to overcome the threats imposed by climate change to food security, improve the livelihoods of farmers and the management of natural resources.