Conservation Agriculture (CA) has been spreading steadily in Africa in recent years as a response to the ever increasing food insecurity, unsustainable farming and climate change challenges.
The CAADP process and the recently launched Climate Change Initiative by the COMESA, EAC and SADC are among many African initiatives that are working to improve food security in Africa. CA programmes provide climate smart options for African governments in addressing the food security situation.
The use of CA technologies, which addresses both land and water management, and productivity issues, has the potential to minimize the impact of some of the major causes of food insecurity, thus contributing to the success of food security initiatives at national, regional and continental levels.
Putting farmers at the centre of agricultural innovation and development is considered one of the effective ways towards sustainable production intensification. To support the farmer-centred CA adoption, the First African Congress for Conservation Agriculture (1st ACCA) intends to bring together key CA stakeholders, including farmers and their organizations,from the continent to interact and co-own a permanent CA knowledge and information sharing platform that takes into account the needs of farmers, increased networking, partnerships and information sharing on CA.
The First Africa Congress on Conservation Agriculture to be held on March 18-21, 2014 in Lusaka, Zambia. Visit http://www.africacacongress.org/ for more information
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