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Nurturing Agricultural Resilience: Crop Modelling and Climate Strategies Unveiled at Senegal Workshop

Nurturing Agricultural Resilience: Crop Modelling and Climate Strategies Unveiled at Senegal Workshop

Empowering Sub-Saharan Africa's Agricultural Visionaries in the Face of Climate Change

While the world's attention is fixed on COP28 in Dubai, an equally pivotal event unfolded in Saly, Senegal, from December 4 to 10, 2023.

The spotlight was on the "Developing Crop Modelling Experts Towards Climate Risk and Adaptation Strategies in Sub-Saharan Africa" through a workshop, hosted by ICRISAT.

A diverse assembly of representatives from various institutions convened to unravel climate risks and pioneer adaptation strategies tailored to the region.

The mission was to elevate participants' expertise through hands-on exercises utilizing climate tools and the AquaCrop model  model, a sophisticated crop growth simulation tool developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Attendees, spanning various sectors, eagerly seek to sharpen their skills in crop simulation, with a focus on understanding the far-reaching implications for policy-making in the era of climate change.

Underpinning the collaborative effort was a tapestry of funding sources. The Flemish Government contributed through the ‘StratAdapt-Mali’ project, while two CGIAR project initiatives—AICCRA (Accelerating the Impact of Climate Research for Africa) and ClimBeR (Building Systemic Resilience Against Climate Variability and Extremes)—played a pivotal role in supporting the workshop.

Together, these funding streams aimed to address pressing food security concerns and meticulously assess the impact of environmental factors and management practices on agricultural production.

"As these committed professionals converge in Senegal, the collective goal is clear: to empower themselves with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the intricate challenges presented by a changing climate, ultimately fostering resilience and sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural landscape," said Dr Jacqueline Hughes, Director General of ICRISAT.

From left, Dr. Nadine O. Worou, Scientific Coordinator, AICCRA. Also seen in the Picture (Second left), Mr Pierre Sibiry Traore, Representaive, iCRISAT-Senegal and (First right), Dr. Akinseye Folorunso, ICRISAT.
From left, Dr. Nadine O. Worou, Scientific Coordinator, AICCRA. Also seen in the Picture (Second left), Mr Pierre Sibiry Traore, Representaive, iCRISAT-Senegal and (First right), Dr. Akinseye Folorunso, ICRISAT.
Agathe Diama
Agathe Diama Senior Communications Specialist for West and Central Africa
West & Central Africa Digital Agriculture Mali
About The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is a pioneering International Organization committed to developing and improving dryland farming and agri-food systems to address the challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and environmental degradation affecting the 2.1 billion people residing in the drylands of Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and beyond.

ICRISAT was established under a Memorandum of Agreement between the Government of India and the CGIAR on the 28 March 1972. In accordance with the Headquarters Agreement, the Government of India has extended the status of a specified “International Organisation” to ICRISAT under section 3 of the United Nations (Privileges and Immunities) Act, 1947 of the Republic of India through Extraordinary Gazette Notification No. UI/222(66)/71, dated 28 October 1972, issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

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Asia: India (Headquarters - Hyderabad)

East and Southern Africa:  Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe

West and Central Africa: Mali, Niger, Nigeria

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