Africa Climate Week and Africa Climate Summit

Discussing climate solutions for the Africa region ahead of COP28

  • Date
    04.09.23 > 08.09.23
  • Time
    09:00 am > 09:00 pm UTC+03:00
  • Location
    Nairobi, Kenya

The government of Kenya will co-host two parallel events in Nairobi in early September: the Africa Climate Summit (ACS, 4-6 September) and the Africa Climate Week 2023 (ACW, September 4-8)

Africa Climate Week and CGIAR share common climate change-related goals in addressing agriculture, food security, and sustainable development in the African region, focusing on climate resilience, sustainable farming, adaptation strategies, capacity building, and policy advocacy.

The Africa Climate Week

Africa Climate Week is part of four Regional Climate Weeks leading up to UN Climate Change Conference COP28. It serves as a platform for African policymakers, businesses, and civil society to exchange climate solutions and strategies in preparation for COP28.

The Africa Climate Summit

The Africa Climate Summit, co-hosted by Kenya and the African Union Commission, gathers leaders, development partners, private sector, academia, civil society, women, and youth, emphasizing the nexus between climate change and development, and the need for increased global climate investment, while focusing on the African context.

CGIAR’s Involvement in the Africa Climate Week 2023

 Time  Location  Event  Session  Participation
04:00 pm – 08:00 pm KICC, AU Pavillion Africa Climate Summit Climate Innovators Hub
  • Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, CGIAR
06:30 pm – 07:30 pm KICC Africa Climate Summit Commitment to the development and implementation of the regional IGAD Climate Adaptation Strategy 2023-2030

This event will highlight the development of the ongoing IGAD Climate Adaptation Strategy 2023-2030 and efforts to streamline climate security interventions within Adaptation Plans across the IGAD region.

  • Benson Kenduiywo, CGIAR

 Time  Location  Event  Session  Participation
07:00 am – 08:00 am TBC Africa Climate Summit
This session aims to share experiences, enhance understanding of maladaptation in Africa, and promote coordination among sectors and governance levels for effective integration of adaptation strategies into policies and plans.
  • Andrew Okem, IMWI
  • Charity Osei-Amponsah, IMWI
01:00 pm – 02:00 pm TBC Africa Climate Summit
  • Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, CGIAR
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Aberdares Africa Climate Summit

Presidential Session – Investing in Africa’s Food Systems Transformation

  • Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, CGIAR
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm KICC, Room TBC
Africa Climate Summit

A new vision for scaling climate action in African agriculture – The case for investing in the continent’s regional organizations:

This event will explore how regional organizations can support and collaborate with NARES to scale innovation and make the African Union’s vision for climate action in agriculture a reality.

  • Namukolo Covic, ILRI
  • Ana Maria Loboguerrero, The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT
  • John Recha, ILRI
06:00 pm – o8:30 pm Ankole Kitisuru  Restaurant


Africa Climate Summit

Dinner and discussion hosted by Global Health Strategies (GHS):  

Women at the heart of climate action: Harnessing the power of women’s leadership to scale up adaptation and build resilience


  • Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, CGIAR

 Time  Location  Event  Session  Participation
09:00 am – 10:00 am KICC Africa Climate Summit
This event offers a platform for livestock innovators to present sustainable solutions, sourced from AgThrive and McKinsey pipelines. It introduces a process for connecting investable solutions with investors and shares results of Kenya livestock investor identification, fostering pipeline development and investor relations.
  • Apollinaire Djikeng, ILRI & CGIAR
09:00am – 10:30 am Ngong Hills Hotel Africa Climate Summit

Enhancing Locally-Led Climate Action

This workshop aims to understand why climate security is vital in local climate plans, assess the environment for implementation considering regional connections, and propose strategies for integrating peace-building into County Climate Action Plans.

  • Benson Kenduiwo, Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm KICC Africa Climate Week
This session will delve into aligning Africa’s agricultural development pathways with low-emission and resilient long-term strategies. 
  • Claudia Arndt, ILRI

 Time  Location  Event  Session  Participation
09:00 am – 09:30 am Action Hub, KICC Africa Climate Week
Safeguarding Human and Animal Health in a Changing Environment:

This event focuses on global warming’s impact on disease risk, especially in regions with weak surveillance. It highlights tools and strategies for early detection and response through multidisciplinary efforts, encompassing video insights, community experiences, and interventions like data-driven approaches.

  • Bernard Bett, ILRI
10:00 am – 10:45 am Kenya House, KICC Africa Climate Summit
Pathways to sustainable production and resilient livelihoods – Building a common African livestock narrative:

This event will explore diverse African livestock systems, climate change impact, and win-win adaptation-emission reduction solutions. It showcases climate-resilient, sustainable livestock production pathways tailored to varied agro-ecosystems.

  • Apollinaire Djikeng, ILRI & CGIAR
  • Guyo Roba, ILRI
12:00 pm-

1:00 pm

KICC, Kenya House Africa Climate Summit

Strengthening Gender Integration in Climate Policy and Action in Africa:

This side event will showcase the preliminary results of the gender hotspot maps in 3 countries.
  • Patricia Bamanyaki, ILRI
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm TBC Africa Climate Week

The role of social protection and adaptive social safety nets

  • Kelvin Shikuku, ILRI
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Karre Mountain, KICC Africa Climate Week Supporting smallholder climate adaptation from seeds to basin

This event brings together different actors to discuss how climate adaptation for agricultural farmers requires a systems approach to climate hazard identification, adaptation solution priority setting and impact evaluation. The panelists will discuss the role of the latest advanced digital and remote sensing innovations in supporting user-oriented agronomic solution bundles and scaling efforts from seeds to basin scale to ensure sustainable climate adaptation with mitigation co-benefits.


  • Petra Schmitter, IMWI

 Time  Location  Event  Session  Participation
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Action Hub, KICC Africa Climate Week
Response, Recovery, Resilience – Voices and Images From Dryland Communities Managing Climate and Environmental Shocks:

This event will highlight empowering local initiatives, reinforcing market links, and amplifying community voices in Africa’s drylands for climate resilience. It showcases responses and recovery strategies post-drought in Eastern Africa and the Horn, aiming to bolster resilience against future environmental shocks.

  • Guyo Roba, ILRI
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm TBD
Africa Climate Week
Inclusive and enhanced civic engagement, including children and youth in climate policy, decision making and action:
The objectives of this event are to share experiences enabling civil society, especially youth, in climate action, explore youth involvement in sustainable enterprises, and discuss community collaboration to mitigate climate vulnerabilities, focusing on those disproportionately affected by inequalities.
  • ILRI; Women and Gender Constituency
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm River Nile Room, KICC Africa Climate Week
This event will cover how CGIAR is collaborating with AGNES, the Global Green Growth Institute, and ministries in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, and Uganda to unlock climate finance from the Green Climate Fund for increased investment in transboundary climate adaptation in the Horn of Africa.
  • Pedro Chilambe, the Alliance of Bioversity & CIAT
  • Evan Girvetz, the Alliance of Biodiversity & CIAT