As part of the H2020 SEACRIFOG Euro-African cooperation project (Supporting EU-African Cooperation on Research Infrastructures for FOod security and Greenhouse gas observations), we organized a consultation stakeholder workshop on the wider implications of climate change for African agriculture. The seminar took place as part of the AfriGEOSS conference, a pan-African symposium on the use of tools, information and Earth observation data for decision making. The seminar was organized in cooperation with the CMCC (Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change), ICOS (Integrated Carbon Observation System), and WASCAL (West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use). The seminar took place on 16 June 2017 at the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) in Sunyani, Ghana.
The aim of the SEACRIFOG stakeholder consultation workshop was to involve and collaborate with relevant partners to identify the general user needs in the field of research infrastructure knowledge, land use change, food security, greenhouse gases observations and climate-smart agriculture. The workshop took the form of participatory stakeholder consultations in the form of "World Café" discussions. Three main themes were discussed at the seminar: (1) Implications of land use change for food security, (2) GHG observations, carbon stocks and climate change mitigation, (3) Climate Smart Agriculture.
The workshop enabled an interesting exchange and discussion on these important aspects of global change. The participants appreciated the discussion format of the seminar as well as the SEACRIFOG project activities. The seminar was attended by 40 participants, mainly from Ghana, but also from other African countries participating at the AfriGEOSS conference. Eliška Krkoška Lorencová and David Vačkář organized the workshop as CzechGlobe representatives.