As climate change continues to be a growing threat to agricultural and food systems today and tomorrow in West and Central Africa (WCA), stakeholders in the region have realized that anticipating various future scenarios is more necessary than ever, for an effective and appropriate response to the current and future effects of climate change.
It is therefore for them, to leverage foresight analysis, based on past and present events, to better prepare for the future.
Foresight analysis aims at formulating the different vulnerability scenarios, to inform the decisions that will allow to better prepare, by determining which technologies and innovations will be the best adapted to counter the effects of climate change”Dr. Emmanuel Njukwe, Director of Research and Innovation at CORAF.
Moreover, “CORAF’s 2018-2027 Strategic Plan lays particular emphasis on foresighting, namely modelling future scenarios in order to draw conclusions on actions to be taken in the present, to build consensus and inform decision-making on research priorities,” specifies CORAF’s Director of Research and Innovation.
In collaboration with the ‘Accelerating Impacts of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research —CGIAR— Climate Research for Africa (AICCRA)’ project, CORAF recently gathered in Saly (Senegal), for a two-day workshop, WCA stakeholders committed to the development of a climate change resilient agriculture.
The purpose of the meeting was to map their needs in foresight analysis capacity, to better respond to them with adapted and tailored capacity building.
As a matter of fact, in addition to evaluating regional capacities in terms of foresight analysis in agricultural and food systems in WCA, the workshop made it possible to develop, in line with these needs, an adapted training and application plan to strengthen regional capacities in the area.
“The Saly meeting allowed us to touch-base the real needs and challenges in terms of foresight analysis and to develop a training plan, in line with these needs,” observes Dr. Njukwe.
“It is expected that the training plan developed will support efficient capacity building of stakeholders, who will be better equipped to provide the best climate-smart solutions for sustainable agriculture, which will guarantee the food and nutritional security of populations.”
The workshop brought together 25 participants, including some members of CORAF’s Executive Secretariat and the AICCRA project staff, members of the cohort who benefited from a previous training on foresight analysis organized by CORAF in February 2018 in Accra (Ghana), and partners of the Comprehensive Program for the Development of African Agriculture ex-Pillar 4 (CAADP-XP4) and the Agricultural Technologies and Innovations Scaling Up Project for Increasing the Resilience of Production Systems and Family Farms in West and Central Africa (TARSPro).