Safeguarding African Foodsheds and Ecosystems for all Actors across Local, regional and international Levels to manage migration (SAFE4ALL)

Agriculture serves as the backbone of livelihoods for over 2.5 billion people worldwide, with African rural communities increasingly shifting towards market-oriented farming practices. However, escalating climate risks, including extreme weather events, threaten agricultural stability, worser food insecurity and migration patterns. Recognizing these challenges, SAFE4ALL aims to provide localized, scalable climate information services to empower local actors in decision-making, thereby safeguarding African foodsheds and enhancing community resilience. Climate resilience and adaptation measures can help prevent migration to cities in Africa by ensuring that communities are better equipped to cope with the impacts of climate change, such as droughts, floods, and other extreme weather events, while ensuring food security is enhanced with associated policies.

This initiative, funded by the Horizon Europe Framework Programme, stands as a beacon of hope in addressing critical issues of food security, disaster management, and migration across three African countries: Ghana, Kenya, and Zimbabwe.

The project aims to harness the EU climate services landscape and leverage it with local knowledge from African case studies to co-create information and facilitate its uptake at local, district and regional levels.

Part of Weather Impact’s contribution in this project entails the further development and pilot testing of our Uliza-WI chatbot. An innovative product, providing a range of climate adaptive services: from localized weather forecasts, to crop specific advisories and sub-seasonal forecasts, including the start of the rain season. Next to this, Weather Impact leads the work package on local sustainability, where the aim is to develop roadmaps and sustainable business models for the various SAFE4ALL climate services, but also focus on local ownership, transfer of services, institutionalization, and capacity building.

The 13th-15th of March marked the kickoff of SAFE4ALL Africa, with the first General Assembly at Wageningen University & Reserarch in the Netherlands. All 16 European and African partners joined for dynamic discussions, field visits and showing their initiatives, signifying a collective commitment to drive innovation within the EU climate services landscape, particularly within African communities.

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