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London, United Kingdom, 20th November 2014 (IIED) - Hundreds of policy-makers, researchers and academics gathered in London on 20 November to hear climate expert Fatima Denton give IIED's 2014 Barbara Ward Lecture and call for the narrative on Africa and climate change to be rewritten. Read more here.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) will participate in the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, known as COP 20, taking place from December 1-12 in Lima, Peru. This year, AfDB's efforts in addressing climate-resilient and low-carbon development in Africa, and particularly the initiatives contributing to improving access to climate finance, will be emphasized.

COP 20 - the acronym for the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - begins in Lima, Peru, on December 1, 2014. It is seen by environmental experts as a crucial springboard to COP 21 in Paris a year later, where it is hoped a binding and universal agreement on limiting the effects of climate change can be reached.

Les enjeux financiers liés au changement climatique compliquent la tâche des experts africains. Illustration à Marrakech en octobre dernier.

Octobre 2014 a été un mois particulier pour Marrakech qui, plus de 10 ans après avoir accueilli la 7e Conférence des parties (COP) à la Convention-cadre des Nations unies au changement climatique (CCNUCC), a reçu la 4e Conférence sur le changement climatique et le développement en Afrique (CCDA-4). La "Ville rouge" a en effet été pendant trois jours le lieu privilégié d'échanges de cinq cents experts, scientifiques et décideurs de tout le continent.

Organisée en collaboration entre la Commission de l’Union africaine (CUA), la Banque africaine de développement (BAD) et la Commission économique des Nations unies pour l’Afrique (CEA), la 4ème Conférence sur le climat et l’autosuffisance alimentaire en Afrique (CCDA-IV) vient de se tenir à Marrakech. Placée sous le thème : «L’Afrique peut maintenant assurer son autosuffisance alimentaire : du savoir à l’action»

With two-thirds of its population below 24 years old, demographically Africa is the world’s youngest continent.
The figure is expected to double by 2045. There are difficulties linked with this—unemployment is high, and the youngest unable to fend for themselves in the case of climate disasters.But speak to Ibrahim, Justine and Andrianarison, and it is not their problems that they highlight, but their energy, their dynamic approach to taking on the challenge of climate change.

The fourth conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-IV) focused on how the continent can feed itself, especially under a changing climate. The conference addressed the connections between climate and agriculture, examining how climate-smart agriculture can increase resilience, how climate change will affect the livelihoods and food security of vulnerable populations, and how climate knowledge can bolster agricultural productivity.

De notre envoyé spécial à Marrakech, Amadou Seck
Estimée entre 40 et 50 milliards de dollars us par an, en dépit d’un énorme potentiel naturel et humain,  l’importation des produits agricoles grève lourdement la balance commerciale des états africains.
Ce constat a été établi par le secrétaire exécutif adjoint de la Commission Economique pour l’Afrique (CEA), Abdallah Hamdok (photo), au cours des assises de la quatrième Conférence Africaine sur le Changement Climatique (CCDA-IV), organisée à Marrakech (Sud du Maroc) du 08 au 10 octobre.

For years, Jean Damascene Nkunzwenimana from Nyagatare District in eastern Rwanda struggled to put food on the table, pay bills, take children to school or pay for healthcare. Yet, Nkunzwenimana woke up every day, headed to his small farm for a day's hard labour - ploughing the land, sowing seeds, weeding and pruning crops. There was no produce. Sometime in 2007, government encouraged Nkunzwenimana with 83 others to form a COTEBARU (Cooperative Terimbere Bahinzi ba Rukomo).