SmartAgri was a collaborative project between the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (DOA) and the Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs & Development Planning (DEA&DP), and the University of Cape Town’s African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI), and was aimed at creating sustainable climate smart responses for increased resilience in agriculture.
Katrine Claassens manages the Networking, Visibility and Influencing portfolio at the ACDI. She oversees the ACDI's communication channels, strenthening internal and external networks and disseminating research.
She has a degree in Visual Art from Stellenbosch and a Master's in Climate Change and Development from the University of Cape Town. Her master's thesis explored the visual communication of climate change, focusing on how IPCC reports use imagery to represent the issue. She has presented her research at Arctic Frontiers in Norway, Conference of the Youth 11 in France during COP22 and was a winner of the UCT post-graduate expo poster competition.
Prior to joining the ACDI in 2015 Katrine practiced as a visual artist and has exhibited widely in South Africa and internationally. She has expertise in film-making, animation, writing, design and visual communication. She is the editing officer for Africa with the French-based climate action organisation CliMates.