GCRF-AFRICAP is a major programme to make agriculture and food production in Sub-Saharan Africa more productive, sustainable and resilient to climate change.
Working with local organisations and governments in Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia, we are creating an evidence base to underpin new country-specific policies in agriculture and food production.
Our aim is to support climate-smart, sustainable agricultural development, helping countries to reduce poverty and hunger whilst addressing the broader aims of the Sustainable Development Goals and key targets of the Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods in Africa.
These policies will be piloted and evaluated in large-scale test sites to enable fast implementation, while building national capacity for future evidence-based policy development.
GCRF-AFRICAP is co-developing and carrying out the research needed in each country, from soils, plant and livestock science to meteorology, ecology and political and social sciences. We will look at current farming practices and the alternatives and analyse the results in terms of yields, incomes and nutrition, both in current conditions and taking into account the predicted effects of climate change. We will work with organisations on the ground to create Special Agricultural Zones – large-scale areas where policy can be piloted and refined in controlled trial stations and on-farm sites, enabling faster evaluation and identification of the best policies for implementation.
Our aim is to translate research into evidence, evidence into policy and policy into practice, while building capacity in all these areas at local and national level.
The four-year programme is working both top down with national and regional governments and bottom up, with grass-root agricultural organisations in each country.
GCRF-AFRICAP is funded by the UK Research and Innovation through the Global Challenges Research Fund programme, involving UK and African research and policy organisations; grant reference number BB/P027784/1.