On May 8-9, 2017, several members of the GCAN team participated in the “Technical Training on Climate-Smart Agriculture for National Agricultural Investment Plan (NAIP) Design & Appraisal” held in Dakar, Senegal, as part of the NAIP refresh. NAIPs are developed under the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) under the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEAPD) of the African Union. It is crucial that this continent-wide agenda to transform Africa’s agriculture and stimulate growth, which includes a commitment by each country to increase public resources for agriculture to ten percent of government spending in order to achieve a six percent average annual agriculture sector growth, incorporates climate, gender and nutrition aspects. Presentations by GCAN climate expert Alex de Pinto, focused on climate smart agriculture and its role in agricultural development. GCAN experts Carlo Azzarri, Elizabeth Bryan, and Jowel Choufani on weather shocks and the GCAN conceptual framework, respectively.