The Zambezi Rainfed Agriculture Investment Forum took place on the 8 and 9 August 2023 at the Gaborone International Convention Centre, Botswana. Over 80 participants from diverse backgrounds and affiliations from 17 countries gathered for discussions and collaborations.

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Xanani Baloyi
Programme Manager,
Africa Regional Centre

The diversity of participants reflected the global interest and agency to address the challenges and opportunities in rainfed agriculture and water management. The participation of the private sector in an event of this nature is relatively rare and demonstrated the importance for driving investment into Africa’s rainfed agriculture bridging the gap between policy, research, and practical implementation.

The forum culminated in a Call to Action, outlining a collective intent and roadmap for future endeavours, underscored a shared commitment to advancing rainfed agriculture and climate resilience across the Zambezi Watercourse.

By co-convening this event, SIWI not only fostered knowledge exchange but also facilitated tangible actions and partnerships that can transform the African rainfed agriculture landscape.

Transforming Investment in Africa’s Rainfed Agriculture (TIARA)

The TIARA project deepens the understanding of better rainwater management to increase food security, create jobs, and build resilient societies - and is paving the way for much needed investment in Africa’s rainfed agriculture.

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Small cabbage plantation on the outskirts of a settlement in Zambia.
Image by Mariano Gobbi