Research to innovation: Solutions to the climate crisis in Africa
  • Time: 14:00 - 15:30
  • Date: Tuesday 20 April 2021
  • Location: Online
  • Interval:
  • Cost: Free event
  • Type: Lectures and seminars
  • Open to: General public
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In this webinar you will hear some of the leading voices in climate change research, innovation and action discussing priorities for Africa in the face of the climate crisis.

Despite its low contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, Africa is the most vulnerable continent to climate change.

Already, the region is experiencing disproportionate impacts, from increasing temperatures and sea levels, to changing precipitation patterns and more extreme weather, all threatening human health and safety, food and water security and socio-economic development.

Increasing climate ambition and activity is emerging across African countries, but there remains a central role for collaborative research initiatives in driving innovation of climate-resilient solutions.

In the run up to the COP26 later this year, University of Leeds and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) are convening this event to discuss priorities for Africa in the face of the climate crisis and examine the role of research in delivering the necessary solutions to pressing climate change issues on the continent.

Join us to hear from some of the leading voices in climate change research, innovation and action discussing priorities for African countries ahead of COP26 and how the research community can support ambitious action. This webinar is part of Connecting Voices for Climate Action, a week of events convened by the University of Leeds to build local to global ambition for COP26 and beyond.


Ambassador Seyni Nafo, Spokesperson for the African Group of Negotiators (AGN), Coordinator of the African Adaptation Initiative (AAI), and High Representative for Climate Change to the President of Mali will set the scene by talking about priorities for African countries ahead of COP26, ideal outcomes from COP26 and the role that can be played by the research community to support the ambitious climate action.

Professor Barbara Evans, chair in Public Health Engineering in the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Leeds, will offer a key note speech to highlight examples of action research from the University that is improving livelihoods in Africa and set a vision for innovation and key opportunities building on Leeds expertise.

The key note address will be followed by a panel discussion featuring speakers from CCAFS, FCDO, FANRAPAN, and the University of Leeds offering researcher, funder and policy perspective on the topic.

  • Robert Zougmoré, Africa Program Leader, CCAFS
  • Rosalind West, Climate Science Theme Lead, UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)
  • Sithembile Ndema Mwamakamba, Programme Manager - Climate Smart Agriculture, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
  • Doug Parker, Met Office Professor of Meteorology, University of Leeds

Sir Nick Kay, COP26 Regional Ambassador for Africa, will offer closing remarks.

The webinar will be chaired by Adriaan van Klinken, Professor of Religion and African Studies and Director, Leeds University Centre for African Studies.

See the full programme and register via Eventrbrite.

Event coordination – Anna Lewandowska