The Kingdom of Morocco hosting the 2nd Ministerial Conference of the African Adaptation Initiative for Climate Change (AAA Initiative)

On November 4 and 5, the Kingdom of Morocco is hosting the 2nd Annual Ministerial Conference of the African Adaptation Initiative for Climate Change (AAA Initiative), a high-potential solution to tackle food insecurity and climate change in Africa.

Food security in the face of climate change

While climate change is making headlines, the AAA Initiative will gather Ministers and representatives of African governments, key financial and technical institutions, donors, private sector, universities and scientists at the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University of Benguerir.

Among the 10 countries most threatened by global warming, 6 are in Africa, while the continentisonly responsible for 4% of global emissions of greenhouse gases and accounts for 65% of the world’s arable land. The AAA Initiative aims to provide an innovative and concrete response to the challenges raised by climate change in Africa, by mobilizing international knowledge and intellectual and financial resources. The first day of the conference will be devoted to the Scientific Day, during which leading international experts and scientists will discuss Africa’s food security challenges related to climate change, while the Donors Round table will discuss ways to mobilize funds. On November 5th, the African Ministers of Agriculture will meet to advise on the vision and strategic routes of the AAA Initiative.

The AAA: an African initiative for Africa

Launched in Morocco in 2016 a head of the COP22, the AAA Initiative emerged with the awareness that in Africa,issues linked to adaptation to climate change and the agricultural world are hardly taken into account when it comes to international negotiations and funds allocation. In the «Marrakesh Declaration», participants unanimously declared their commitment to support the AAA Initiative to help African agriculture adapt to climate change. Several milestones have been successfully reached, to give more visibility to the AAA Initiative, to help African countries to implement their nationally determined contributions (NDC) and to strengthen the capacity building of African policy makers and project holders.

SinceJanuary2019,the AAA initiative is held by a foundation, under the impetus of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI, with the mandate of implementing the objectives of the AAA Initiative, but also of providing assistance, advice, capacity building and technical support to decision makers, local institutions, project holders and farmers in Africa. Since then, the Foundation has sought to contribute to food security, improve the living conditions of vulnerable farmers and promote employment in rural areas by encouraging climate change adaptation practices and channeling financial flows towards the most vulnerable farmers.

The Annual Conference of the AAA Ministers has then become enshrined in the AAA Foundation’s statutes,as an advisory body in charge of identifying the action programs needed to achieve the adaptation of African agriculture to climatec hange.

The AAA Initiative is actively supported by the UNFCCC, the FAO and 33 African countries: Morocco, Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea Conakry, Guinea Bissau, Côted’Ivoire, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mali, Malawi, Mauritius, Mauritania, Nigeria, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sudan, South Sudan, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Tanzania, Togo and Zambia, and other countries are welcome to join.

Our partners

The AAA conference is organized this year in partnerships with Mohammed VI Polytechnic University and OCP Group.

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University is a hub of education, research, innovation and entrepreneurship, focusing on African strategic challenges such as food security, renewable energy, climate change ,inaddition to economic and business development. Located in the “Mohammed VI Green City” in Benguerir, near Marrakech, UM6P applies a “learning by doing” approach and develops sound partnerships with world-wideclass universities,to promote leadership and training in focus edre search areas.By contributing to the training of a new generation of researchers, entrepreneurs and leaders, UM6P is committed to positioning Morocco and Africa at the forefront of technology and human Sciences.

OCP Group is aleading company in the phosphaterock and one of the world’s first producers of phosphate-based fertilizers. OCP plays an important role in feeding a growing global population, by providing essential elements for soil fertility and plants growth. Headquartered in Morocco and present on 5 continents, OCP works in a close partnership with more than 160 customers over the world.

As a responsible industrial player, OCP is strongly committed to Africa’s environmental, social and human development. The group provides a wide range of well-adapted fertilizer products to enhance soil, increase agricultural yields, and help feeding the planet in a sustainable and affordable way. OCP places innovation at the heart of its strategy, in particular to implement sustainable and prosperous agriculture on the continent..

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09:30 – 09:45Opening: Abir Lemseffer, Executive Director of the AAA Foundation
  09:45 – 10:45Panel 1: Prioritisation and anchoring of financing for Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Presentation: Climate Smart Investment Plans (CSAIP’s) development vision and pro- cess and the role of AAA – Abir Lemseffer (AAA)Presentation: Results and possibilities for the implementation of the CSAIPs – Tobias Baedeker (WB)Presentation: CSAIPs Deep Dive: [Cote d’Ivoire or Mali’s CSAIP]Presentation: Lessons learned from CSAIP preparation and next steps – Evan Girvetz International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Kenya Speaker Q&A Moderation: [AFD Representative]
10:45 – 11:00Coffee Break
    11:00 – 12:15Panel 2: Regional strategies to mobilize climate financing, AAA as the agriculture arm of AAI Presentation of regional strategies to mobilize climate finance in African countriesStatus of climate finance in Africa and future trendsPresentation of results of the first dialogue on the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) for agriculture in Africa, held on 22 and 23 July 2019 in RabatRole of the private sector in popularizing market-level adaptation/financing or subsi- dies and public finance? Policy choices or parts of a “holistic” system Panelists: Dr. Aliyu Abdulhameed – MD/CEO, Nigeria Incentive-based Risk Sharing system for agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), NigeriaPeter Odhengo, GCF National Focal Point, Ministry of Finance, Kenya Keynote speaker: Seyni Alfa Nafo, Adaptation Initiative for Africa (AAI), Mali
   12:15 – 13:30Panel 3: Demystifying private sector investment Topic: Hearing from the business community: Specific examples of business deals in African Agriculture and what role governments and development partners played in making them happenGoing forward, the support expected by business, including for blended finance deals Panelists: Gilbert Houngbo (IFAD – Rome or rep. On new private investment window)Rep from Morocco business incubator ( Senhadji, CEO OCP Africa[2/3 other private sector representatives based on availability] Moderation: Tanja Havemann – Clairmondiale, Zurich, Switzerland
13:30 – 15:00Lunch break
15:00 – 16:30Wrap up & closing
09:30 – 09:45Opening: Mohamed Ait Kadi, Chair of the Scientific Committee, AAA Foundation
  09:45 – 10:45Setting the Scene The State of African Agriculture and Food Security in the face of Climate Change Keynotes speakers: Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science and Director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, The Ohio State University, and an Adjunct Professor of University of IcelandAbdellah Moksit, Secretary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCCPatrick Caron, Researcher at CIRAD for 30 years and Deputy Vice-President «Interna- tional Relations» of the University of Montpellier, France
10:45 – 11:00Coffee Break
    11:00 – 12:15General Moderator: Faouzi Bekkaoui, Scientific Director, AAA Foundation Panel 1: Soil Health and Climate Change Adaptation in Africa Keynote speaker: Shamie Zingore, Director, African Plant Nutrition Institute, Nairobi, Kenya Panelists: Shamie Zingore, Director, African Plant Nutrition Instituten, Nairobi, KenyaFassil Kebede, Professor, University Mohammed VI Polytechnic, MoroccoAly Bousabaa, Director General, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas ICARDA, Rabat, MoroccoSteve Phillips, Principal Scientist at African Plant Nutrition Institute, North American Director International Plant Nutrition InstituteDebisi Araba, Director, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), ColombiePaul Luu, PhD, Executif Secretary, «4 pour 1000 initiative», Montpelier, FranceRachid Moussadek, Director, INRA MoroccoIsmail Cackmak, PhD : Lead of Harvest Zinc (IFPRI) & Professor, Sabanci University
    12:15 – 13:30Panel 2: Enhancing food security through building water resilience in Africa Keynote speaker: Mark Smith, Deputy Director General, International Water Management Insti- tute (IWMI), Battaramulla, Sri Lanka Panelists: Eduardo Mansur, Director of the Division of Forest Assessment, Management and Conservation, FAO, Rome, ItalyJerry Deli Priscoli, Global Water Partershio (GWP) Technical Committee Chair, Stockholm, SwedenAbdulay SENNE, Executive Secretary, Ministry of Water Senegal and Chair of the Orga- nizing Committee of 9th World Water Forum (WWF9), DakarIssifi Boureina, Special Advisor to the President of Niger and Chair of the Technical Group of the Sahel CommissionAhmed Bouari, Director of Irrigation, Ministry of Agriculture, Fishery, Rural Develop- ment and Forestry, MoroccoGuillaume Benoit, General Engineer, Conseil Général de l’Alimentation, de l’Agriculture et des Espaces Ruraux (CGAAER), and Coordinator of the French Water Partnership, FranceAbdelghani Chehbouni, PhD, Head of International Research Institute, UM6P



13:30 – 15:00Lunch break
    15:00 – 16:15Panel 3: Climate Risk Management: Agricultural Insurance Keynote speaker: Mariam Dkhil, Director of the Cooperation and Sustainable Development Division, Crédit Agricole du Maroc Panelists: Charles Murekesi, Director General of Agricultural Development at the Ministry of Agriculture of RwandaAbdelaziz Ouedraogo, Director General of Rural Economic Promotion at the Ministry of Agriculture of Burkina FasoSidiki CISSE, Director General of the National Agency for Rural Development Support (ANADER) in Côte d’IvoireHadj Ali Muhammad Katu, Managing Director of the Ghana Agricultural Insurance Pool (GAIP)Khalid Abdellaoui, Deputy General Manager of the Moroccan Agricultural Insurance Mutual
     16:15 – 17:30Panel 4: Financing small holders on agriculture Keynote speaker (on progress) Panelists: Japhet Justine, Managing Director, Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank, TanzaniaOlabode Abikoye, Executive Director, Wholesale Banking, Bank of Agriculture, NigeriaJohan Fougeaud, Investment Director, Mirova, FranceChristian Fusillier, Agriculture, rural development and biodiversity Director, French Development Agency, FranceMarion Hoenicke, Head of neighbouring countries, Banks divisionAgnes Johan, Senior product specialist blended & impact finance. Rabobank, Nether- landsRobert Berlin, Head Agricultural Services, digital delivery and country programme, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, SwitzerlandDr Rob Mikelson, Director of Education & Communication, African Plant Nutrition Institut (APNI)Mohamed el Gharous, Lead of Africa Innovative Agriculture Platform, UM6PPatrice Annequin, Private Sector Specialist, International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC)
17:30 – 18:00Wrap up & closing



09:00 – 09:15Welcoming remarks by the President of the UM6P
09:15 – 09:30Opening Speech by HE M AZIZ AKHANNOUCH, President of the AAA Initiative Foundation
09:30 – 09:40Keynote Speech of HE M JOSEPHA SACKO, AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture
09:40 – 09:50Keynote Speech of M AHMED REDA CHAMI, President of the Economic, Social and Environ- mental Council
09:50 – 10:00Keynote Speech – African Development Bank
10:00 – 10:10Keynote Speech – FAO
10:10 – 10:20Keynote Speech – World Bank
10:20 – 10:30Keynote Speech – Green Climat Fund
10:30 – 10:40Presentation of an update of the AAA Initiative (implementation and governance) by the Execu- tive Director of the AAA Initiative Foundation
10:40 – 10:45Signature of agreements between AAA and its partners
10:45 – 10:55Reading of the recommendations of the Scientific session
10:55 – 11:05Reading of the recommendations of the Donors Roundtable
11:05 – 12:35Debate: each minister has 7 minutes
12:35 – 12:45Reading and Adoption of the AAA Ministerial Summit declaration
15:00 – 16:00Visit of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University
16:00 – 17:00Visit of the Experimental Farm


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