Conference

The Kenya Climate-Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP) is a Government of Kenya project jointly supported by the World Bank. KCSAP is being implemented over a five-year period under the framework of the Agriculture Sector Development Strategy (ASDS) (2010-2020), Agriculture Sector Transformation and Growth Strategy (ASTGS) (2019-2029), and National Climate Change Response Strategy (NCCRS, 2010).

KCSAP Development Objective

KCSAP Development Objective is to increase agricultural productivity and enhance resilience/coping mechanisms to climate change risks in the targeted smallholder farming and pastoral communities in Kenya, and in the event of an Eligible Crisis or Emergency, to provide an immediate and effective response. The project is to be implemented through the following components:

1. Up-scaling Climate Smart Agricultural Practices
2. Strengthening Climate-Smart Agricultural Research and Seed Systems
3. Supporting Agro-weather, Market, and Advisory services
4. Project Coordination and Management
5. Contingency Emergency Response

KCSAP SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The Project is supporting the technical capacity building of 172 students to undertake long-term training under components 2 and 3. The beneficiaries include staff and interns from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Co-operative (MOALF&C), Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD), Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), and the National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS).

Component 2 is supporting the training of NARS scientists in general; and KALRO scientists in particular, to undertake context-specific CSA research and dissemination of Technologies, Innovations, and Management Practices (TIMPs). Scientists are being trained in deficient disciplines; more specifically in five thematic areas namely; Climate Smart Crops, Climate Smart Livestock, and Aquaculture, Socioeconomic research on CSA TIMPs, Sustainable land, water, and agro-forestry, Sustainable land, water and agroforestry, and Sustainable seed systems.

Component 3 is supporting the building of the institutional and technical capacities of key implementing agencies to enable them to deliver on their mandates under the component in deficient areas. These areas include; climate change science and modeling, disaster risk management, agro-meteorology, computer science, agricultural statistics, and business information systems among others.

KCSAP CONFERENCE AT A GLANCE

The conference shall present a platform to share cutting edge scientific research, technologies, innovations, and management practices (TIMPs) that enhance climate smart agriculture (CSA) in Kenya. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, a “Hybrid” Conference will take place. All physical meetings will be in accordance with the Ministry of Health guidelines.

Conference Sub-Themes

The conference is organized around 3 sub-themes that are linked to the 3 triple wins (pillars) of climate smart agriculture is as follows:-

A. Improving agricultural productivity
B. Enhancing resilience/ adaptation to climate change risks
C. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation)

The conference shall provide an opportunity where keynote addresses, oral and poster research findings, and CSA showcase exhibitions linked to the 3 sub-themes are presented. These will focus across 13 value chains (Dairy, Aquaculture, Indigenous Chicken, Sorghum, Millet, Cassava, Irish Potato, Tomato, Red Meat, Green Grams, Banana, Pigeon Pea, Apiculture) and 11 research areas to demonstrate the nexus between sustainable agriculture and livelihoods. The research areas are:

1. Climate Smart Crops
2. Climate Smart Livestock and Aquaculture
3. Socioeconomic research on CSA TIMPs
4. Sustainable land, water, and agro-forestry
5. Sustainable seed systems
6. Climate change science and modeling
7. Disaster risk management
8. Agro-meteorology
9. Computer science
10. Agricultural statistics
11. Business information systems