Creating climate-resilient agri-food systems in sub-Saharan Africa

Thursday 29 July 2021
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Online event
Lectures and seminars
General public

In this webinar, co-hosted with Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs), Agatha Kiama and Ndumiso Mazibuko talk about their work on creating resilient agri-food systems.

We are also honoured to welcome the Hon. Sindiso Ngwenya, former Secretary General of COMESA, as the webinar discussant.

Dr Mazibuko will speak to his work on Southern African food systems in light of climate change and COVID-19. He will take a deeper look at the interlinking issues of food security, nutrition, climate change and food systems in southern Africa and consider how practitioners and policymakers can build more equitable, resilient and better food systems.

Agatha Kiama will share her research on how learning alliances can best be used as a tool to build agricultural resilience.

With most African countries still struggling to adapt production systems to the impacts of climate change, the session will showcase how learning alliances can facilitate innovation by promoting dialogue and knowledge sharing, uptake or adaptation of technologies and practices, and policy engagement.

The event will close with reflections from the Hon. Ngwenya and Q&A, facilitated by the event chair, Richard King.

For more GCRF-AFRICAP seminars on food systems and climate resilience in sub-Saharan Africa, visit the GCRF-AFRICAP events page.


Hon. Sindiso Ngwenya, Former Secretary General, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)

Hon. Sindiso Ngwenya is a Zimbabwean economist and transportation expert who served as the fifth Secretary General of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) since it was transformed from the Preferential Trade Area (PTA) in 1994.

He has extensive experience and service in industry at regional and multi-lateral levels covering the public and private sectors, and quasi-government institutions. Hon. Ngwenya also served as the Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN). 

Ndumiso Mazibuko, Senior Economist, National Agricultural Marketing Council of South Africa

Ndumiso Mazibuko is a South African economist with impeccable skills and knowledge in the agricultural sector, and over 10 years’ experience. He holds a Ph.D in Agricultural Economics and currently works for the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) as a senior economist in the statutory measures division, leading the livestock portfolio.

In 2020, he was named one of the 200 Mail & Guardian Young South Africa’s playing a critical role in the country, in the education space. He is also an AFRICAP fellow at Chatham House and a fellow at Africa Research Impact Network.

Agatha Kiama, Research Assistant, Economic and Social Research Foundation of Tanzania

Ms. Agatha David Kiama is a Tanzanian emerging researcher working with the Economic and Social Research Foundation. She provides direct support to the regional country node in implementing the GCRF-AFRICAP programme.

Agatha has a Master’s degree in Climate Change and Sustainable Development and first degree in Geography and Environmental Studies both from the University of Dar es Salaam. She is broadly interested in the social and political science issues of climate change particularly in Eastern Africa. She is also a 2021 Chatham House fellow.


Register to attend Creating resilient agri-food systems in sub-Saharan Africa on 29 July from 1-2.30pm (BST).