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2019 Crawford Fund Derek Tribe Award and Address
Date: 5 September 2019 Address: 5pm-6pm and Reception: 6pm-7pm
Venue: Meeting Room 3.142, Queensland Bioscience Precinct, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane QLD.
The Derek Tribe Award was inaugurated in 2001 to mark the outstanding contributions of Emeritus Professor Derek Tribe AO OBE FTSE, Foundation Director of the Crawford Fund, to the promotion of international agricultural research.
The Derek Tribe Award is made biennially to a citizen of a developing country in recognition of their distinguished contributions to the application of research in agriculture or natural resource management in a developing country or countries.
Please join us to celebrate with, and hear from, the highly regarded 2019 recipient of the Crawford Fund’s Derek Tribe Medal.
Recipient of the 2019 Derek Tribe Award
Dr Robert Zougmoré
CCAFS Regional Program Leader –
ICRISAT West and Central Africa
Synopsis of presentation
Building climate resilient agriculture and food systems in sub-Saharan Africa: challenges and actionable solutions
Climate change is a present and growing threat to food security and nutrition globally and is a particularly severe threat in Africa. Indeed, with 70 to 80% African smallholders whose livelihoods depend on agriculture and renewable natural resources (incl. forest products and services) for their income, employment, food and wellbeing, Africa’s food and agriculture sector is already mostly impacted by climate change.
It is estimated that the agriculture sectors (incl. crop, livestock, fisheries, aquaculture and forestry) absorbs more than 26% of the total damage and loss from climate extreme events (this raises to ˃ 80% for drought). It is therefore crucial to scale up action and investment into climate adaptation and mitigation at local, sub-national, national, regional levels and across sectors, especially for the agriculture and food systems in Africa. Also, as a follow up to the Paris agreement, the agriculture and land use sectors are priorities in more than 85% of African countries’ NDCs.
Through integrating multiple goals and managing trade-offs in the context of climate change, climate-smart agriculture (CSA) addresses food and nutrition security issues at all levels. Concrete technologies, practices, tools and approaches resulting from the last ten-year’ CCAFS program research in SSA have been instrumental to the uptake of CSA in Africa.