Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Sustainability Summit, March 16–17, Lusaka, Zambia

By IAPRI, VUNA and DST-NRF Center of Excellence in Food Security

The Summit will bring together experts and policy makers from Zambia, the region, and the international community to share and debate research findings, highlight promising response strategies, and identify unresolved issues for future research.

Objectives of the Summit:

1. To present and discuss available research evidence that may assist African governments put in place or strengthen strategies that anticipate increasing climate variability, and promote sustainable agricultural productivity, growth, and energy supplies, while maintaining and improving the natural resource base;
2. To identify the key knowledge gaps on climate resilience (mitigation and adaptation);
3. To present and discuss policy options that will create incentives for farmers in the region to adopt practices that will improve and maintain agricultural productivity while maintaining and improving upon the natural resource base; and,
4. To present and discuss how best durable agri-food, energy, and ecological systems in the region can be maintained in the light of anticipated human-induced climate change;
5. To promote key outcomes and insights to policy-makers (including through a “policy insights” note to be produced after the conference.

Summit background information
Summit Schedule

The Summit is co-organized by IAPRI, VUNA and the DST-NRF Center of Excellence in Food Security

''IAPRI is a non-profit Zambian company limited by guarantee that works collaboratively with public and private stakeholders in the agricultural sector. IAPRI’s mandate is to utilize empirical evidence to advise and guide the Government of the Republic of Zambia and other stakeholders on agricultural investments and policies. The overarching goal of IAPRI’s policy analysis and outreach efforts is to provide advice on policies and investments in the agricultural sector that can effectively stimulate inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction.

VUNA helps farmers in East and Southern Africa adapt to the negative impacts of climate change. It exists to transform the agriculture sector so that smallholder farmers are able to improve their livelihoods in the face of current and future climate shocks. VUNA achieves this goal by strengthening the ‘climate smart agriculture’ (CSA) evidence-base, piloting ways to link famers and private companies in agricultural value chains, and improving the conditions, which enable successful farming.

''DST-NRF Center of Excellence in Food Security
The Department of Science and Technology/National Research Foundation Centre of Excellence in Food Security, is a virtual organization that brings together the expertise of numerous South African and international institutions and over 100 researchers across various disciplines


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