Laura Cramer

Thematic Lead, Climate-Smart Agriculture Policies and Priorities
International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)


What’s your role at AICCRA and the journey that led you here?   

I lead activities related to policies and institutions for scaling climate-smart agriculture. This work is primarily carried out at a continental and regional scale in collaboration with the AICCRA regional teams. We focus on building partnerships with institutions that guide climate change policy and strategy development. Through these partnerships we provide technical support based on AICCRA research and build capacity for evidence-informed decision-making at national, regional and continental levels.

I have a master's degree in international agriculture and rural development, which gives me a good general background on the issues related to agricultural development in the context of climate change facing farmers and governments. I am currently pursuing a PhD in public administration and policy with a focus on science-policy engagement, which is helping me in having a deeper understanding of how policy is developed and how it shapes action on the ground.

Tell us why you think AICCRA can help deliver a climate-smart future for Africa?  

I believe AICCRA can deliver a climate-smart future for Africa because we are working with a diverse set of partners to engage on all levels of solutions. We have an integrated program that doesn't approach a single problem from a single angle. By acknowledging that efforts must be made from the most fundamental science to the social aspects of why a particular farmer will or will not make use of climate info services or climate smart practices, we bring a holistic approach to the challenges of climate change adaptation, mitigation and food system transformation.