Sithembile is the Natural Resources and Environment Programs Manager of the, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network. She is leading work and policy programs related to climate smart agriculture aimed at increasing agricultural productivity and strengthening the resilience of vulnerable smallholder farmers to the impact of climate change. She also leads participation and engagement in the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture.

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Agriculture is the backbone of the African economy. According to the World Bank,1 two out of every three Africans are employed in the agriculture sector, producing about a third of the continent’s gross domestic product (GDP). While overall growth in agricultural productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa almost doubled from the 1980s to the …

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