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Climate Change in Africa, what’s really happening? –  Episode 37

COP27 is upon us – join us for an African perspective on what to expect from this year’s UN climate change conference in Egypt. And regional specialists run us through the latest updates on IFAD projects across the continent.



Episode Contents


Jyotsna Puri lets us in on IFAD’s COP goals and why they matter

Jo Puri, IFAD’s Associate Vice President of Strategy and Knowledge

Jyotsna (or Jo) is IFAD’s Associate Vice President of Strategy and Knowledge. She tells us about IFAD’s goals and expectations for COP27, why they matter, and how they’ve evolved from last year’s summit.


Why is Africa especially vulnerable to climate change? Amath Pathe Sene explains

Amath Pathe Sene, Lead Regional Climate and Environment Specialist at IFAD

IFAD’s Lead Environment and Climate Specialist for West and Central Africa Amath Pathe Sene delves into why Africa is so vulnerable to climate change.


Paxina Chileshe on how Africa Climate Week paved the way to COP27

Paxina Chileshe, Climate Change Adaption Specialist at IFAD

Paxina Chileshe, IFAD’s Regional Climate and Environment Specialist, gives us insight into Africa Climate Week, as well as her own expectations for COP27.


Make it green: Egyptian climate activist battles food insecurity

Activist Omar Al-deeb founded Shagrha in 2016

Omar Al-Deeb is on a quest to plant trees. In just six years, his organisation Shagrha – Make it Green – has planted more than 100,000 fruit trees across Egypt to give as many people access to free and nutritious produce and combat food insecurity.

The climate activist tells us about his new campaign to plant 27,000 trees in Egypt and neighbouring countries in time for COP27.


Climate activists take centre stage with Abigael Kima

Abigael Kima is a climate activist and podcaster from Kenya

Abigail Kima’s podcast, Hali Hewa, features conversations with key local players on the reality of climate change in Africa in the lead-up to COP27.


Sherrie Silver on why the world’s youth can solve the climate puzzle

Sherrie Silver founded Children of Destiny, a charity in Rwanda

IFAD’s Rural Youth Ambassador Sherrie Silver is a dancer, choreographer, and creative director and founder of  Children of Destiny. The youth, she says, holds the key to the climate puzzle.


Abdel Razek Mohamed on how solar-powered irrigation systems changed his life

Abdel Razek Mohamed

Egyptian farmer Abdel Razek Mohamed speaks of his experience using solar panels granted by the Sustainable Agriculture Investments and Livelihoods Project (SAIL), which aims to reduce poverty and enhance food security through new irrigation systems that are cost and energy efficient.


Research and Impact Assessment Series, Part 7: Romina Cavatassi

Romina Cavatassi is the former Head of the Impact Assessment cluster in the Research and Impact Assessment Division at IFAD

This is the final episode of our series on doing development better, through the efforts of the Research and Impact Assessment Team (RIA.

Here Romina Cavatassi talks about why climate change adaptation and mitigation is key to IFAD and how the RIA team carries out this important work.


Summing up

Thanks to our producer in Rome, Francesco Manetti, and our contributors Linda Odhiambo in Nairobi, Bakary Coulibaly in Dakar, and Mohamed Adam in Cairo – and everyone else who’s worked on this programme.

But most of all thanks to you for listening to this episode of Farms Food Future brought to you by the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

You can find out more at www.ifad.org/podcasts, and links to specific information on the following topics here:

Next month in podcast 38 we’ll be learning more about IFAD’s new president, Alvaro Lario.

Remember we want to hear from you – so please get in touch at podcasts@ifad.org.

Until then from your hosts, Brian Thomson and Allison Lecce.


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  • In Episode 35, we look at another side to climate change: renewable energy technologies in Africa.
  • Episode 26 takes us on a tour of marine and coastal resources and economies in East and Southern Africa.
  • And in Episode 25 we learn about the links between climate change and small-scale farming.