Communities of Practice on sustainability are emerging everywhere and with good reason. They allow us to engage in a manner that was not possible or easy before. They can connect people with shared interests and concerns, broken information and support innovation, build coalitions, map knowledge and identify gaps and generate action and social change. All in a manner that was not possible before.
In 2014 the Rio+ Centre and the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) partnered to implement several activities on climate-smart agriculture. Recognizing the importance of an inclusive policy and practice approach on sustainability, the Community of Practice for Climate-Smart Agriculture for Eastern and Southern Africa was established as the CoPs potential and crucial contribution to meet the objectives set out above was recognized. The first e-discussion on gender and CSA were conducted in October 2014 and a second initiated in December of the same year.”
“The value of having regular debate is something that colleagues are interested in,” says Leisa Perch, Policy Specialist at the RIO+ World Center for Sustainable Development. “A space where you can challenge the consensus, the status quo and current understanding can in itself expand our thinking and help us to promote the idea of gender and CSA further.”
The document “Establishing a community of practice for climate-smart agriculture for Eastern and Southern Africa: Review of opportunities, challenges and potential solutions” can be downloaded here.