CLAB-Africa Webinar Series: Climate Impacts on Food Systems in Africa


The African Research Universities Alliance Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Food Systems (ARUA-SFS), hosted at Future Africa at the University of Pretoria, in collaboration with the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), proudly presents the Climate, Land, Agriculture, and Biodiversity (CLAB)-Africa Webinar Series.

Webinar 1: Climate Impacts on Food Systems in Africa

Date: Thursday, 4 July 2024

Time: 14:30-16:00 SAST (GMT+02)

Register here: RSVP here

The CLAB-Africa project is designed to elevate Africa-specific knowledge by supporting the continent’s leading scientists to engage political leadership on varying catalytic sectors to address the continent’s wicked challenges. With a bottom-up approach, the project focuses on providing policy-ready information and proven innovations to support African decision-makers in formulating climate-change, land, agriculture, and biodiversity responses. 

The webinar will:

  • Explore the significant relationship between climate change and food security, highlighting the current state of African agriculture and the challenges posed by changing temperatures, precipitation patterns, and extreme weather events. 
  • Discuss the vulnerability of various regions and communities, emphasizing traditional and innovative adaptation strategies, sustainable agricultural practices, and the role of biodiversity
  • Present case studies of successful projects, discuss the importance of policies, governance, and stakeholder engagement, and highlight advances in agricultural research and technology, providing a comprehensive understanding of building resilient and sustainable food systems in the face of climate change.


Welcome and Overview of the Webinar (5 Mins)
Facilitator – Ms Sithembile Mwamakamba, FANRPAN
Opening Remarks – Why CLAB-Africa? (10 Mins)
Prof Tafadzwanashe Mabhaudhi CLAB-Africa Co-Principal Investigator, University of Pretoria  

Climate Change Impacts on Food Systems in Africa (20 Mins)
Dr Caroline Fadeke Ajilogba, CLAB-Africa Research Fellow, University of Pretoria 

Remarks from the Mentor – Prof Sue Walker, Agricultural Research Council 

Reflections: Challenges and Opportunities (10 Mins)
Prof Melusi Sibanda, University of Zululand

Perspectives from Practitioners and Experts (10 Mins)
Dr Gugulethu Zuma Netshiukhwi, Agricultural Research Council 

Question and Answer Session (30 Mins)

Closing and Way Forward (5 Mins)

Dr Colleta Gandidzanwa, Research and Project Manager, ARUA Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Food Systems (ARUA-SFS), Future Africa, University of Pretoria.


About the CLAB-Africa Project

The CLAB-Africa project is a Future Africa (University of Pretoria) initiative hosted under the ARUA-SFS, in collaboration with FANRPAN. CLAB-Africa aims to provide a platform for Africa’s scientific community to contribute to the developmental work of African governments and development institutions in the form of science-based, actionable recommendations within four identified clusters: (i) climate impact on food systems, (ii) land restoration and biodiversity, (iii) people-animal-ecosystems health and wellbeing, and (iv) land-water-energy resources use. The project is currently funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and will conclude at the end of September 2023. Earlier financial support was provided by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the French Embassy in South Africa, and the French Development Agency – Agence Française de Développement (AFD).



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