Join our first EU FOCUS-Africa External Stakeholder Workshop


Registration is open for our first External Stakeholder Workshop, an online event, on the 9th December 2020 from 09:00 – 12:30 CET/10:00 – 13:30 SAST.

This workshop will be the follow up of the Internal Project Workshop which will take place from 30th  November to 1st December 2020.  For the first External Stakeholder Workshop scheduled to take place on 9th December 2020, South Africa has been selected as the theme country. Therefore, planned discussions will focus on the related food security case study to incentivise a wider local participation.   

Workshop Objectives   

  • Showcase the state of FOCUS-AFRICA Project to engage with the stakeholders in South Africa that are interested in climate services.   
  • Assess user’s perspective of climate related risks.  
  • Map the existing climate risk mitigation and adaptation measures and responses.   
  • Raise an awareness of climate services tools and knowledge.    
  • Identify lessons learned from 2020 and COVID-19.   

Expected outcomes/output   

  • Identified Networks of user’s communities interested in the project   
  • Initial assessment of climate related risks and their impact on food security.   
  • Baseline of existing national climate services    
  • List of opportunities for synergies with existing climate services initiatives.   
  • Assessment of current capabilities in developing and using climate services.    
  • Identification of mitigation and adaptation measures in place to withstand Covid-19 impacts on the project.   
  • Workshop report.   

Workshop format and duration  

The WS1 External Project Workshop will take place on 9th December 2020 for a duration of 3.5 hours (via teleconference). 

Draft agenda from 09:00 – 12:30 CET  

09:00 - 9.10      09:10 - 09.20       Opening    Introduction and overview of the workshop plus Icebreaker activity.    Ms. Roberta Boscolo, WMO coordinator
Mr. Elliot Moyo /  Mr. Jonathan Padavatan   
 09:20 – 10:00  09:20-09:30: Presentation from   Global Change Institute    
09:30-09 40: Presentation the South African Weather Services Water    
09:40:10:00: Open discussion  
Dr. Francois Engelbrecht and Prof Coleen Vogel 
Dr. Mary-Jane Bopape       
10:00- 10:40  10:00-10:10: Presentation from the Landbank     
10:10-10:20: Presentation from South African Water Research    
10:20-10:40: Discussion       
Mr. Nehru Pillay 
Dr. Moses Choe        
10:40-11:20  10:40-10:50: Presentation from Farmers Association  
10:50-11:00: Presentation from Buhle Farmers Academy  
11:00-11:20: Discussion  
Mr. Nyiko Maluleke    
11:20 - 11:40   Break        
11:40 - 11:50          Outcomes of the internal project workshop       Ms. Roberta Boscolo      
11:50 - 12:20   Discussion     Feedback from the external stakeholders and open discussion to help improve the framing & implementation of the case study.     Dr. Beraki Asmerom  
12.20 - 12.30    Wrap up session (plus workshop evaluation)       Session outcome:   Summary of objectives day’s activities and the proposed direction – focus on the specifics of South Africa.    Mr. Jonathan Padavatan   



The EU H2020 FOCUS-Africa project incorporates eight case studies within four sectors – agriculture and food security, water, energy and infrastructure – across the geographical region of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The main objective of the project is to develop sustainable, tailored climate services.