Delegates from 15 different countries across Africa and Europe have stormed the International Conference Centre of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, for a 2-day workshop on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa slated for 19th and 20th of September, 2018.
The conference which is the second of its kind this year is jointly organised by the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Rome, Italy, with the theme: “Enhancing IFAD’s Evidence-informed Country Strategic Opportunities Programmes and Projects in Design and Technical Advisory Supports to Adapt to Climate Change in West and Central Africa”.
According to a press statement signed by the workshop coordinator, Dr. Olawale Emmanuel Olayide, the workshop will facilitate the cooperation agenda between IFAD and Research Institutes/Academia, Business Schools with the support of African research in the area of climate resilient agriculture, with the objective of discussing and sharing experiences on climate change and integration of research into development strategies and investments in the regions.
The statement further stated that, the theoretical exchange proposed would focus on understating climate change adaptation in Africa.,adding that the workshop aim at assessing implementation mechanisms, as a means to promote progress made in terms of adaptation of smallholder farmers to climate change.
“This is equally expected to explore a range of topics to deepen and widen the understanding of the role of research with respect to its responsibility for offering a wide spectrum of research work and services to IFAD investment and strategies”, the statement read.
Dr Layide further stated that, “the workshop would help IFAD identify relevant pipeline of research on adaptation relevant to IFAD’s programmes and projects, moreover,it will elaborate upon efforts within the field of research and which aim at advancing the implementation of IFAD work at country and regional levels.
On the activities lined up for the workshop, the statement reads further, “there will be field activities and classroom discussions. Presentation and discussion sessions will include: climate change adaptation and sustainable rural livelihoods; climate change resilience and disaster risks management; climate change and system dynamics; climate change project financing and insurance mechanisms; and climate change information service and
Some of the countries represented at the conference include; Sudan, Niger, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Benin, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Cote D’Ivoire, Senegal, Nigeria, and Italy.
By Temitope Musowo
It was a beehive of activities at the International Conference Centre of the Unvèrsity of Ibadan Nigeria during the week when experts world over converged to reiterate the need by all and sundry to take urgent action on climate change and it’s obvious effects.
At a Two – Day Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa organised by the University of Ibadan Center for Sustainable Development (UI-CESDEV) in colaboration with International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP),Hamburg University of Applied Science (Germany ) and Manchester Metropolitan University (UK),with the theme “Enhancing Africa’s Capacity to Cope With Climate Change “,experts took turn to speak on the reality of climate change.
Keynote speech was delivered by Prof Walter Leal of the Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom,and HAW Hamburg,Germany as other speakers who includes Dr Desalegn Ayal of Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia , Dr Adeola Aderomola,University of Pretoria, South Africa ,Dr Ousmane Badiane,International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI -ReSAKSS) also lent their voices to the reality of climate change and the need for Africa to be positioned for resilience and adaptation.
Others special guests were Prof Olabode Popoola,Vice Chancellor, Osun State University, Osogbo,Nigeria, Oyo State Commisioner for Environment and Water Resources,Ambassador Oluseyi Onafowokan,Former Nigeria High Commission to Ghana.
The Monday programme ended with a welcome cocktail where all the delegates were hosted by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka as an avenue for networking and socialisation while launching the initiative on Interconnections for Making Africa Great, Empowered and Sustainable (IMAGES)l.
After the series of activities that marked the first day,Tuesday programme started with a three planting exercise,in the company of Prof. Olanrewaju Olaniyan,Director,Centre for Sustainable Development,all claded in branded T-shirt,other stakeholders with the support of BOVAS and Oyo State Ministry of Environment and Water Resources planted 120 trees round the city of Ibadan to offset carbon.
Co-Chairman, Organising Committee for the event, Dr Olawale E. Olayide, in a press statement made available to Devcom Nigeria said the symposium was unique and packed with a lot of scientific, sponsored and social sessions.
In accordance to his statement, the scientific session featured technical presentations from renowned scholars within and outside the continent of Africa with sub-themes such as Implementing Climate Change Adaptation in Rural Areas and Communities, Cities, Countries and via Outreach Programmes; Climate Change Adaptation, Resilience and Hazards (including droughts/floods); Climate Change and Agriculture Session: Information, Communication, Education and Training on Climate Change; and Climate Change and Health.
According to Dr. Olayide, the sponsored sessions were Climate-Smart Agriculture & Data Challenge by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI); Socio-ecological Transformation and Climate Change in Nigeria: Challenges and Opportunities by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES); Assessing Resilience to Climate Change in Africa by Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), and Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa by Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa.
Dr. Olayide who was most grateful to welcome the delegates noted that 13 countries (Sudan, Niger, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia, South Africa, Cameroun, Benin, Ghana, Senegal and the United Kingdom) were represented at the symposium.