In a global food crisis, Africa's opportunity for a climate-smart future

Climate week New York

Accelerating Impacts of CGIAR Climate Research for Africa (AICCRA), the World Bank and Columbia University's Climate School host a hybrid event for Climate Week NYC 2022.

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Coinciding with the United Nations General Assembly and on the cusp of the UNFCCC COP27 climate change summit in Sharm El-Sheikh, this event provides an ideal opportunity to put climate action in Africa on the global agenda.

Faced with a food crisis driven by conflict, covid and climate change, we as a global community must radically accelerate action for climate-smart agriculture.

Africa has vast amounts of untapped arable land ripe for agriculture. But the continent is also at the forefront of the climate crisis, with temperatures rising faster there than anywhere else on Earth.

Only by rapidly scaling climate-smart agriculture can African farmers produce enough nutritious food that supports decent livelihoods and resilient communities in ways that limit greenhouse gas emissions and reverse the degradation of nature.

By doing so, the world can diversify food supply, limit acute hunger and alleviate inflationary pressures.

This event will bring together speakers from the worlds of politics, science, social activism, and journalism to collectively craft a common message on what Africa’s global partners need to deliver at UNGA and COP27.

AICCRA helps deliver a climate-smart African future driven by science and innovation in agriculture. In this event, attendees will understand how fifty years of innovation led by CGIAR—the world’s largest research partnership for food security—is only just the beginning, and how projects like AICCRA go beyond innovation, working with hundreds of partners to scale and deploy innovation so that it reaches smallholder farmers be they women, men or youth.

Columbia Climate School and the many initiatives and centers it hosts—including the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)—are indispensable partners for the science and research that supports climate-smart agriculture worldwide. 

Working with partners from government, the private sector, development organizations, NGOS and research bodies like CGIAR, Columbia develops and inspires knowledge-based solutions and educate future leaders for just and prosperous societies on a healthy planet.

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Accelerating Impacts of CGIAR Climate Research for Africa (AICCRA) is a project that helps deliver a climate-smart African future driven by science and innovation in agriculture. It is led by the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT and supported by a grant from the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank. Explore our work at