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Working together to promote climate resilience on farm

On Friday, 10 December, Dr Samira Amellal, CEO at CropLife Africa Middle East, took part in a thought-provoking discussion on the topic of “Working together to promote climate resilience on farm”, a side event of COP28 in Dubai, together with panellists Sophie Beecher, Director General, Sustainable Development Policy Directorate, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada/ Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada, Kristjan Hebert, Global Farmer Network, President and CEO, HEBERT GROUP, & David ‘DJ’ Jochinke, President, Australian National Farmers’ Federation

Please see below key takeaway messages:

  • Public policy can positively impact Africa’s agricultural potential, notably by establishing supportive legislative frameworks.
  • Policymakers should have long-term visions to ensure sustainability (social, environmental and economic);
  • Both the private sector and the public sector have crucial roles to play. Actors along the food value chain need to be part of the decision-making process;
  • Financial incentives are needed for farmers; they need to be productive, as they are businessmen at the end of the day;
  • A localised approach is needed regarding sustainability policies; Dr Amellal called for an ‘Africa localised green transition’, i.e., a sustainable transition tailored to Africa’s agronomic, economic and climatic conditions. This is even more important considering that, in Africa, climate change is having a genuine impact on farmers’ ability to grow, from desert locust plagues of which even a tiny swarm can consume the same amount of food in one day as approximately 35,000 people to droughts and floods!

Via the Sustainable Pesticide Management CropLife Africa Middle East actively engages in discussions with local regulators and policymakers to ensure enabling legislative frameworks are in place. The SPMF illustrates well how enabling legislative frameworks, a localised approach and public-private partnerships are key ingredients to a successful program. As part of the ‘increase innovation pillar,’ the SPMF has already demonstrated changes, notably with the introduction of innovations via the acceleration of registration processes for biological solutions, cooperation with national research institutes on gene-editing research, development of guidelines for the use of drones in agriculture, training and e-learning modules for farmers on Integrated Pest Management, etc.

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Harvesting Innovation for Climate Resilience

esterday, Thursday 7 December, Samira Amellal, CEO at CropLife Africa Middle East, took part in the Devex Climate+ Summit alongside COP28 in Dubai, sharing the stage with Emily Rees, CEO of CropLife International, on the important topic of ‘Harvesting Innovation for Climate Resilience’.

Check out the key takeaways below:

Agriculture can help Africa achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the African Union Agenda 2063 thanks to the opportunities and solutions it offers.

Plant science technologies and innovations can help African farmers deliver more with less, contributing to food security while transitioning towards more sustainable food systems. By unleashing Africa’s agricultural potential, innovations and crop protection technologies also allow farmers and Africa to trade, improving our farmers’ livelihoods and having the potential to lift millions of Africans out of extreme poverty.

The above requires a combination of technological advancements, policy reforms, and collaborative efforts. It is in this context that, so far, CropLife Africa Middle East has launched the Sustainable Pesticide Management Framework (SPMF), a proactive and long- term engagement over 5 years and for which over 13$ million dollars are being invested by the industry. The core ambition of the SPMF is to protect human health, safeguard the environment and optimize agricultural productivity. To date the SPMF has launched in two significant agricultural countries in the region: Kenya in 2021, and in Morocco in 2022.

Still, a lot remains to be done. The attainment of a prosperous agriculture sector, capable of feeding an African population expected to double by 2050, while also meeting sustainability goals, requires:

  • Enabling legislative frameworks that foster agricultural innovation.
  • Green transition strategies adapted to local contexts; Africa localized green transition.
  • Agricultural technologies that are stewarded responsibly.
  • The removal of illegal pesticides from the market which are dangerous for humans’ health and the environment.
  • A favourable trade environment that allows access to these technologies and innovations.
  • To unleash the potential of intra-African trade.

Dr Amellal concluded as follows “COP28 is a fantastic opportunity to gather various stakeholders across the food value chain to discuss these important topics. We now need concrete actions in order to have concrete results”. Ms Rees shared her optimism about the recent Emirates Declaration on Sustainable Agriculture, Resilient Food Systems and Climate Action “It’s a great step forward as countries have committed to integrating agriculture and food systems into their localised Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs).”

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Launch of the Chongwe Aggregation Hub, Zambia

In November, ESA Regional Director was in Zambia to attend the launch of the Chongwe Aggregation Hub, which is the second Empty Pesticide Container (EPC) Aggregation Hub in that country. In attendance were District Commissioner Chongwe District Administration, representatives from government entities (Zambian Environmental Management Agency, District Agriculture Coordinator Office, and Chalimbaba Agricultural Training Institute), CL Zambia board members, CL Zambia member companies, recyclers, Farmer Cooperatives and farmers. Farmer Cooperatives will manage this aggregation hub under the supervision of the Chalimbana Training Institute and the District Agriculture Coordinator Office. With these partners, CL Zambia aims to reach all the Chongwe District’s horticulture farmers to ensure the triple-rinsed EPCs’ collection. The Chongwe Aggregation Hub is linked to recyclers for the qualifying EPC, and an incinerator for the unrecyclable material.

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The African Conference on Agricultural Technologies (#ACAT2023), Nairobi, Kenya

The African Conference on Agricultural Technologies (#ACAT2023) kicked off in Nairobi, Kenya, focusing on food security, and CropLife Africa Middle East is proud to share that Emily Rees, President and CEO of CropLife International was one of the speakers.

In her address, Emily delved into the regulatory and trade policies that can advance agricultural innovation and productivity across Africa. With most African countries net food importers and 82% of Africa’s essential food imports emanating from outside the continent, the Continent must build on its agricultural potential. She highlighted measures to improve yields and reduce post-harvest losses, such as leveraging improved seed technology and crop protection solutions.

To boost intra- and inter- Continental trade, Emily mentioned non-tariff barriers, mostly sanitary and phytosanitary: ‘’if we really want to facilitate trade, we should align as much as possible with science-based, risk-assessed regulatory models that are based on international standards.”

Some of the key takeaway messages conveyed on this first day were notable:

  • The urgent requirement for African nations to invest in Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) to achieve food security across the continent ;
  • Despite the rapid advancements in STI, they have not received the necessary policy support to utilize their potential fully;
  • African countries must establish a conducive environment for research and development ;
  • Farmers in Africa have expressed the need for Biotechnology to be made available as an agricultural tool, giving them the freedom to choose based on their specific needs rather than being limited ;
  • Mr. Daniel Magondu, the leading farmer of Bt Cotton in Kenya, mentioned the difficulties they face in accessing modern technologies and other resources, hindering their productivity ;
  • Dr. Sylvester Oikeh, from the TELA Maize project at AATF, emphasized that genetically modified organisms are safe for humans and the environment, provided they have undergone regulatory systems.

CropLife Africa Middle East is fully committed to advocating for sustainable agricultural practices and the region’s responsible use of plant science technologies. We actively promote awareness of the benefits of modern plant science solutions and champion the utilization of innovation and technology to foster a more sustainable agricultural model.

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CropLife AME attended ‘The Voice of Africa’ conference on food security

n October 10th, our colleague Margaux, Director of Public Affairs & Communication CropLife AME had the privilege of participating in the ‘The Voice of Africa’ conference hosted by the University Mohammed VI Polytechnic in Morocco. The event aims to amplify the African perspective on the sidelines of The World Bank Group Annual Meetings and the International Monetary Fund currently underway in Marrakech this week.

The following points were highlighted:

  • The Africa Middle East region faces significant challenges in terms of food security.
  • Since the outbreak of Covid-19, hunger has increased by 19.7% in Africa.
  • There is a pressing need to feed a growing population with limited arable land while combatting the effects of climate change.
  • In comparison to other regions, agri-inputs in Africa are disproportionately low.
  • The health of the soil plays a crucial role in ensuring food security.
  • Reducing food loss and waste is a priority.
  • Collaboration among all stakeholders, including governments, farmers, and the private sector, is essential.
  • Science, technology, and innovation should be harnessed to address these challenges.
  • Sustainability in Africa should strongly emphasize addressing the food security challenge, explicitly focusing on the affordability and quality of food.
  • The integration of artificial intelligence in agriculture shows promise in resolving existing issues.
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