CCAFS East Africa Science Officer Maren Radeny with Government officials from Kenya during the CCAFS side event at COP 20 after the launch of CANA. Photo S.Kilungu (CCAFS)

The Climate and Agriculture Network for Africa (CANA)

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A new web-based platform seeks to link scientists with policy makers to address climate change, agriculture and food security issues in Africa.

Farming communities in Africa are becoming more fragile as climate change and increasingly variable weather are reducing agricultural productivity. There is an urgent need for strategies to build resilience for African farmers to adapt to these changing conditions. Policies affecting agriculture need to be scientifically informed to reduce climate change effects and improve farmers’ livelihoods.

Due to the need for knowledge-based policy-making on climate change and agriculture issues in Africa, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) the Rockefeller Foundation and Pamoja Media came together to form the Climate and Agriculture Network for Africa (CANA). It is a regional learning platform that seeks to capture the synergies of research and create opportunities for linking emerging lessons with policy.


Key themes in CANA include:

  • Building resilience to climate change
  • Low emissions development
  • Financing climate adaptation
  • Policies for adaptation
  • Climate-smart agriculture
  • Gender and equity


Click here to join the CANA network.

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