The winner of the CSA Project of the Year Award is announced
Aid & International Development Forum is delighted to announce the winner of the Project of the Year Award at the Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Summit.
The Climate-Smart Agriculture Project of the Year Award 2018 recognises outstanding projects which unite multiple stakeholders in the agriculture ecosystem with the shared goal of establishing or furthering CSA initiatives.
Nominations were judged on their creative approach to solving real challenges through collaboration and tangible solutions. The projects were also evaluated on their proven impact and their ability to demonstrate environmental, climate, social and economic impact, with a focus on how carbon has been reduced and ecosystems enhanced. The longevity of the projects was also a key factor and its potential for self-sufficiency.
The winner, Rwanda Climate Services for Agriculture, has been awarded the Project of the Year Award at the Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Summit in Nairobi.
The project was chosen as the winner of the Award because it is helping rural communities in Rwanda adapt to a changing climate by providing them with climate information and the tools to use such information to support their agricultural management decisions.
The project seeks to transform Rwanda's rural communities and national economy through climate risk management with an overall goal of improving agricultural planning and food security in the face of climate change.
In the coming months, the project will be expanding the dissemination of climate information through participatory training, in total the project will train over 65,000 farmers. By the project's completion nearly 1 million will have timely access to useful climate services.
This project is funded by USAID Rwanda and the main implementer is CIAT Rwanda. The project is supported by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and a number of other organisations.
The panel of judges included:
Stephen Muchiri, CEO, Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF)
Débísí Àràbà, Director Africa Region, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
Richard Munang, Regional Climate Change Co-Ordinator, United Nations Environment
Alexandra Brown, Product Manager, AIDF
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