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AfriCAN Climate and AfricaAdapt joint event, Dakar 25-27 April 2013

 

AfriCAN Climate and AfricaAdapt joined forces in Dakar, Senegal, in April to host a workshop and technical tour on the topic of Agriculture, Climate Change and Corporate Social Responsibility. The event was attended by senior officials from the Senegalese Ministries of Environment, Industry and Agriculture. It featured presentations by leading Senegalese academics including Professor Bienvenu Sambou, director of the Institut des Sciences de l'Environnement (ISE) at the Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD) and Professor Amadou Gaye, Director of the Physics Laboratory of the Atmosphere and the Ocean at UCAD. A wide range of issues were addressed in six separate panel sessions, with the focus always on ‘good practice’ and concrete action that can help farmers adapt to the affects of a changing climate.

AfriCAN Climate,the "gateway to climate change knowledge related to Africa", is now online and ready for you to search for the content you are interested in.

 

Innovative radio project wins 1st AfriCAN Climate Award 

The two-day workshop in Dakar was followed by the presentation of the first ever AfriCAN Climate Award. The inaugural title went to Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu, Executive Director of the Smallholders Foundation, for his work on the “Climate Change on Air” project. With financial support from the World Bank, the project team created a series of radio plays to help millions of farmers understand the science of climate change. Nnaemeka successfully combined scientific research with creativity and innovation to raise awareness and to communicate climate risk management techniques to over 5 million smallholder farmers across 5 states in south-eastern Nigeria. Many have been inspired to set up local micro-projects for climate change adaptation and mitigation, helping to secure their livelihoods and household incomes.

 

Introducing the Country Section of the AfriCAN Climate Project Website

In this month’s newsletter, we would like to highlight the Countries section of the AfriCAN climate portal. Here you will find concise profiles of Africa's 54 countries, sorted alphabetically for ease of access. In addition to essential data such as size and population, the profiles also summarize the major natural resources and main agricultural activities of each country, as well as the climate patterns and key climate-related vulnerabilities that affect them. Natural resources are reviewed in terms of their percentage contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of each country.

Above the country list you can find links to a factsheet summarizing the key climate-related issues affecting the African continent and a glossary to help you get to grips with the related terminology.  Wherever possible, we have tried to make the section accessible to local climate-affected communities by explaining any country specific terminology.

We believe the wealth of information contained in this section is a valuable step towards raising awareness of climate-related issues in Africa. We welcome your feedback, so please feel free to share with us any additional local information that might be of benefit to the AfriCAN Climate community. Contact: olanglk@yahoo.com

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