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In the pursuit of sustainable development and the fight against climate change, global cooperation and evidence-based strategies is very important. The Africa Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (ANAPRI), in collaboration with USAID, Michigan State University (MSU), and Akademiya2063 (A2063), seized the spotlight during COP28 in Dubai with a dedicated session titled “Accelerating the Implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) in Africa.” Held at the prestigious African Union Pavilion, the side event emphasized the Comprehensive Africa Climate Change Initiative (CACCI) project and underscored the necessity of private sector involvement for lasting impact. CACCI is a joint climate initiative with the African Union Commission to promote resilience, food security and inclusive growth.

The session included presentations as well as panel discussion moderated by Dr. Antony Chapoto, ANAPRI’s Technical Chair. One of the key messages echoed throughout the session was the imperativeness of the private sector to actively participate in climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts. The engagement of private enterprises is vital not only for resource mobilization but also for leveraging innovation, technology, and market-driven solutions. ANAPRI’s emphasis on involving the private sector aligns with the global consensus that a multi-stakeholder approach is essential for achieving meaningful progress in the fight against climate change. In the same vein, it was also noted that there is the need for evidence-based approaches in addressing climate change, and the scaling of climate-smart agriculture practices.

The session’s tagline, “Accelerating the Implementation,” encapsulates the sense of urgency and purpose that defined the discussions. With Africa particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, the need to expedite the fulfillment of NDCs and NAPs is not just a matter of policy but a critical step towards building resilience and ensuring sustainable development.

The event was well attended by important personalities in the ANAPRI network and in the continent. As COP28 continues, ANAPRI’s presence in the African Union Pavilion serves as a testament to Africa’s dedication to evidence-based, collaborative approaches in addressing climate change. The outcomes of this event are anticipated to contribute significantly to the ongoing global dialogue on sustainable agriculture, climate resilience, and the imperative for inclusive, cross-sectoral cooperation.