The Smart Agriculture for Climate Resilience (SmartAgri) project is a collaborative project between the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (DOA) and the Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs & Development Planning (DEA&DP), and the University of Cape Town’s African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI), and is aimed at creating sustainable climate smart responses for increased resilience in agriculture. The project has resulted in a provincial climate change response framework and implementation plan for the agricultural sector. All SmartAgri resources can be accessed on the GreenAgri portal.
In Phase 1 (August to December 2014), a Status Quo Review of Climate Change and the Agricultural Sector of the Western Cape Province was conducted, with inputs from stakeholders in the western and eastern parts of the Province. In Phase 2 (January to September 2015), an extensive series of stakeholder workshops across all the districts, together with further analysis, led to a draft Climate Change Response Framework for the Agricultural Sector of the Western Cape.
The individual chapters of the “Status Quo Review" and the draft of the final Western Cape Climate Change Response Framework for the Agricultural Sector can be accessed at bottom of this webpage.
SmartAgri is now entering Phase 3 of the project (September 2015 to Marc h 2016) in which we will develop an Climate Change Response Implementation Plan to accompany the Framework. This will provide a “road map” for actionable and prioritised initiatives which will take the agricultural sector road towards greater resilience in the face of climate challenges.
Smart Agriculture for Climate Resilience Workshops and Focus Group meetings November 2015 to February 2016
The stakeholder engagement in Phase 3 will start with a provincial workshop with key decision makers at district level. This will be followed up with five regionally focused workshops, one in each of the districts (Cape Town Metro and Winelands combined). These will provide an opportunity to engage with representatives of each local municipality and to strengthen the cooperation between the agricultural sector and local government.
The SmartAgri team will also hold a series of targeted focus group meetings with decision makers involved in priority areas such as Disaster Risk Management, agricultural education and skills development and land use planning. The aim of the workshops and focus groups is to jointly develop the essential elements of the Climate Change Response Implementation Plan, to foster support and ownership of the Plan, and build the basis of responsibilities and partnerships required for its effective implementation.