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University of Leeds and CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Webinar - 'Innovation: Solutions to the climate crisis in Africa

Tuesday 20 April 2021, 14:00-15:30 BST
Tuesday 20 April 2021  |  14:00 – 15:30 BST  |  Online

Despite its low contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, Africa is the most vulnerable continent to climate change and already the region is experiencing disproportionate impacts. Collaborative research initiatives will play an important role in driving innovation of climate-resilient solutions.

In the run up to the COP26, this event will explore 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 some of the leading voices in climate change research, policy and innovation discussing priorities for African countries ahead of COP26 and how the research community can support ambitious action.


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  • Ambassador Seyni Nafo, Spokesperson for the African Group of Negotiators, Coordinator of the African Adaptation Initiative, and High Representative for Climate Change to the President of Mali
  • Professor Barbara Evans, Chair in Public Health Engineering, University of Leeds
  • Dr Robert Zougmoré, Africa Program Leader, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security
  • Dr Rosalind West, Climate Science Theme Lead, UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
  • Sithembile Ndema Mwamakamba, Programme Manager - Climate Smart Agriculture, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network
  • Doug Parker, Met Office Professor of Meteorology, University of Leeds
  • Sir Nick Kay, COP26 Regional Ambassador for Africa
  • Adriaan van Klinken, Professor of Religion and African Studies and Director, Leeds University Centre for African Studies


Convened by the University of Leeds and CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).


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. We hope to see you at some of the other events.