The SFA Foundation has declared climate change and its impacts on health, agriculture and biodiversity to be a strategic priority. Africa must be positioned as a global player in climate change strategies proportionate to the impact that it has on the continent. The SFA Foundation is dedicated to making major contributions to Africa’s climate science, innovations for adaptation and creation of strategies for resilience to climate threats, locally and globally. The Foundation’s Climate, Health, Agriculture and Biodiversity (C-HAB) Programme will:
- Support African scientific leadership in working to understand the science of climate change in Africa, and its impacts across geographies and timescales.
- Further African expertise in climate science and improve Africa’s climate modelling.
- Bring the best of Africa’s research together to assess climate change evidence for regional governments.
- Grow technical capacity on the continent so that global discussions of priority actions for Africa are informed by her climate change science and led by the continent’s scientists.
- Develop a master’s degree in biodiversity with a bespoke curriculum in genetics and genomic science that considers Africa's human genetics and biodiversity and build research capacity in these areas at selected research universities.
- Implement a structured biodiversity mentorship programme to build research support and culture within research universities.
- Create partnerships with other organisations working to support climate adaptive farming, agricultural research and food systems.
- Collaborate with strategic partners to support and advocate for the building of global health efforts that are synergistic with and/or complementary to climate treaties.
- Prioritise research on the impact of climate change on human health based on evidence of its potential to address urgent under-examined areas.
- Support the strengthening of health systems, surveillance, infectious disease and public health training and product development through quality discovery research and translational and data sciences.
Moreover, the SFA Foundation DELTAS Africa initiative is supporting two large South Africa-based networks dedicated to strengthening climate sciences and related health challenges: the Cascading Climate and Health Risks in Cities (CASCADE) and the Critical Zones Africa South & East (CzASE).