The SmartAgri Plan builds on the Western Cape Climate Change Response Strategy (WCCCRS 2014) and its Implementation Framework, specifically the focus area of “Food Security”. It also aligns closely with the current five-year Provincial Strategic Plan and the WCG: Agriculture Strategic Goals. One of the seven Goals is “Optimise the sustainable utilisation of water and land resources to increase climate smart agricultural production”. Owing to its position as a highly vulnerable sector, the agricultural sector is the first sector in the province to benefit from a sectoral climate change response framework and plan.
The SmartAgri Plan suggests that the WCG: Agriculture and other sectoral institutions and stakeholders pursue the vision of: “Leading the Way to a Climate-Resilient Agricultural Future for the Western Cape”.
In pursuit of this vision, the SmartAgri Plan proposes the following four Strategic Focus Areas (SFA):
1. Promote a climate-resilient low carbon production system that is productive, competitive, equitable and ecologically sustainable across the value chain.
2. Strengthen effective climate disaster risk reduction and management for agriculture.
3. Strengthen monitoring, data and knowledge management and sharing, and lead strategic research for climate change and agriculture.
4. Ensure good co-operative governance and institutional planning for effective climate change response implementation for agriculture.