Activities of the ACSAA are handled within the five thematic working groups whose key functions include:

Resource Mobilization:

  1. Assess & identity main sources of climate-relevant funding
  2. Periodically convene meetings to jointly develop regional CSA proposals and concept notes
  3. Mobilize funds from national institution to ACSAA activities & leverage on existing projects/resources
  4. Identify and compile country research gaps in CSA

Awareness creation

The Awareness creation, Data & Knowledge Management WG of ACSAA is meant to:

  1. Collect and review content to feed into newsletters, briefs, journals, newspaper articles, review articles, opinions to increase awareness of CSA approaches
  2. Provide updates on CSA activities in each country
  3. Identify and share CSA opportunities and events (including scientific conferences) with ACSAA members
  4. Write a fact sheet with to highlight ACSAA achievements and impact
  5. Prepare a report on the status of CSA initiatives in ECA region
  6. Organize one annual workshop for all ACSAA members
  7. Organize CSA benchmarking exercises, field and exchange visits, awareness creations events, Farmer Field Days, Farmer Field Schools, Weather days, CSA days
  8. Organize trainings in CSA to build capacity of young agricultural scientists
  9. Organize periodic meetings for steering committee members of ACSAA

Multi-stakeholder Partnerships

  1. Identify and reach-out to all CSA platforms at country, continent, and global level
  2. Mobilize and recruit all stakeholders involved in CSA at national level to join ACSAA
  3. Support the establishment of country chapters of ACSAA in countries where no multistakeholder CSA platform exist
  4. Strengthen national CSA MSPs
  5. Organize partnership brokerage events with national, regional, continental, and global CSA platforms
  6. Engage key private sector players to commercialize and promote best bet climate smart TIMPs
  7. Routinely update the ASARECA database of scientists involved in climate change and CSA in all agricultural sub sectors of fisheries, livestock, crop and forestry) in each country

Policy & advocacy

  1. Curate the available CSA policies, strategies, and/ or guidelines in each country
  2. Work with the relevant officials to support the formulation of CSA policies in case they don’t exist
  3. Work with relevant officials and support the implementation of CSA programs within their National Agriculture Investment Plans (NAIPs).
  4. Participate or support ACSAA members to attend high level CSA events including UNFCCC COP meetings and the Biennial Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Stakeholders Conference

Technology & Innovation

  1. Map-out the most promising best-bet climate-relevant technologies that are proven or have been commercialized within each country
  2. Facilitate intellectual property & material transfer agreements to move technologies from one country to another
  3. Routinely validate demand-driven climate smart TIMPs
  4. Disseminate and promote the most promising best-bet climate smart TIMPs available in each country for commercialization