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1st African food security conference, "Harnessing Ecosystem based Approaches for Food Security and Adaptation to climate change"

Posted by AFJACC on May 1, 2013 at 5:35 AM

Dear AFJACC Members,
Africa's vulnerability to climate change impacts has been underscored by recent severe droughts in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa. Africa’s population will constitute about 23% of the global population by 2050, placing huge demand on states to ensure enough food for their populations. These factors raises big questions about the types of approaches needed to meet future food security challenges.

With the shift towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after 2015, approaches that serve multiple purposes and provide cross-cutting benefits will be required. Achieving food security is unmanageable without adaptation to climate change measures and practices that not only support farmers in producing enough food to meet people's nutritional needs but that also preserve ecosystems from degradation, for example, preventing soil erosion, water, nutrients and pollinators that underpin agricultural productivity, particularly in small holder dominated landscapes.

Against this backdrop the United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office for Africa (UNEP/ROA) is organizing an African food security conference, "Harnessing Ecosystem based Approaches for Food Security and Adaptation to climate change In Africa" which will take place in Nairobi on August 20-21, 2013.

The objective is to aggregate lessons and experiences into common solutions for food security and climate change adaptation. We will discuss recent applications, share information on targeted ecological actions that provide opportunities for addressing food insecurity and identify how to scale up ecosystem-based adaptation practices.

 We will appreciate if you can provide a practical example of work which harnesses ecosystems services to enhance food security and adaptation and at the same time also enhances the productivity of the ecosystems using the  presentation outline and template below showing clearly.

1. The problem: what risk has been addressed

2. The objective

3. Methodology & Implementation

- What ecosystem approaches were adopted to implement project activities?

- What risk was this approach addressing?

- Which time of the year was this approach applied

- Who were the target groupsof the project?

- Who were the key stakeholders of the project and what methods were used to involve them?

- What were the replicability potential of the project

4. Where the action took place and  what was done ( the solution)

5. How did this ecosystem approach addressed and enhanced

-  Food security

- Climate Change adaptation

-Contributed to the ecosystems productivity

6. The big Picture

- Number of people who benefited,(used a baseline and compared to the number at the end of the action who became food secured and benefit from emerging opportunities)

- Emerging opportunities

- Replication and up-scaling potential

- How did the project addressed sustainability and cross-cutting issues

- What should be considered in upscaling ecosystem based approaches

7. What are the current limitations in the use of ecosystem approaches

- What do we know of the scientific bases of this ecosystem based approach

- what are the scientific limitations 

Also a 2-5 pager write up along the outline above will be highly welcome.

Send your contributions to [email protected]

The deadline for submission is Monday May 6 2013.


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