Extreme weather events are threatening food security and economic growth.

The National Government estimates that the countrywide drought has cost our economy in the region of R16 billion. Analysts report that consumers will pay nearly 30% more for a basket of staple foods this year. Climate change modelling shows that annual temperatures are rising and the number of colder days will decrease. Droughts, floods and heat waves will become more regular. These trends highlight the need for a co-ordinated response from government and the private sector to mitigate the impact of climate change.

In a groundbreaking development, the Western Cape Government is about the release the first ever sectoral climate change response strategy for the province.

Ministers Alan Winde and Anton Bredell will present the Western Cape Climate Change Response Framework and Implementation Plan for the Agricultural Sector to key stakeholders in the sector at the official launch. This plan (also referred to as SmartAgri) is the product of a 20 month journey which included intensive stakeholder engagements and will guide and support the creation of greater resilience to climate change for farmers, agri-businesses and other stakeholders across the province. The project provided real and practical information and support, and should inspire the sector in a manner which optimises decision-making and ensures sustainability at a local level.

Smart Agri was developed in a partnership between the Western Cape Departments of Agriculture, and Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, in collaboration with the African Climate and Development Initiative of the University of Cape Town.

DETAILS:

Launch of Western Cape Climate Change Response Framework and Implementation Plan for the Agricultural Sector

Time: 14:00 – 16:00
Date: 17th May
Venue: 4th Dorpstreet, 7th Floor, Cape Town