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researchWe are a knowledge hub on the green economy in Africa, and have conducted research and consulted to various organisations on various green economy issues. Our research and consultancy outputs are disseminated  in the most accessible way possible to bridge the gap between academia and policy makers, business and the general public.

Our research outputs comprise of: 

Working papers– that provide a detailed analysis of GE issues related to resource scarcity in the region, as a contribution to intellectual capital development.

Policy briefs– short non-technical papers targeting high-level policy makers with a specific focus on the water-energy-food security and climate mega nexus.​

Newsletters– published weekly on our website to report on the latest developments on GE issues relevant to the region.

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Projects: Research and advocacy

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The African Union, through its Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP), has made a commitment to enable 25 million farmers in Africa to adopt climate smart agricultural (CSA), practices by 2025. This is in recognition of the fact that agriculture is the back of Africa’s economy, and with an increasing population and climate change there is an urgent need to transform the sector in order to meet the increasing demand for food and to mitigate against climate. To achieve this goal substantial investments will be required both in financial terms and in human capacity. However, very limited resources have currently been dedicated by African governments to transform the agricultural sector. AfriCGE together with our partners Shared Value Africa (SVA), are advising the AU on a business case for the ACSAA including potential funding mechanisms and institutional arrangements. Once implemented such as Alliance, will transform agriculture on the continent and we are proud to be associated with such such an initiative.

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Many developing countries have made significant commitments towards the transition to a green economy, with significant resources allocated to that effect. Recently the South African government, through the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) established the Green Fund (GF), as a catalytic fund to support green economy projects and initiatives in South Africa. We are currently assisting the bank to develop a comprehensive understanding of the green economy financial and institutional landscape in South Africa, to enable the fund streamline its operations and leverage existing resources.

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We recently completed an assessment of the agricultural futures of the country as part of the USAID’s initiative on Low Emission Development Strategy (LEDS), in partnership with International Food Policy Research Institute (www.ifpri.org) and Development Data, a local organisation. The project focused on assessing the cost of accessing markets by farmers of major agricultural produce including maize, soybeans, wheat etc.

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There is evidence that Southern Africa is experiencing significant impacts on human health from incidences of drought and flooding. With support from CORAF/WECARD, this project undertook a comprehensive review of climate change adaptation research and policy in relation to human health in Southern Africa, with a goal of facilitating the communication and transfer of information between researchers and policymakers in the region. The assessment established that major knowledge gaps still exist in our understanding of the links between climate change and human health in the region, and its impact on agricultural productivity specifically.

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