Today at the world conference GLF Nairobi 2023: A new vision for the Earththousands of African changemakers, scientists, practitioners and community leaders of all ages gathered in Nairobi and online from 130 countries to discuss ways to transform food systems, secure land rights and restore landscapes through African-led solutions.
Speakers presented numerous ways Africa and its people can build resilience to the climate crisis and other ecological challenges.
“We have existing solutions and the tools to develop new ones that the world really needs,” said Éliane UbalijoroCEO of the Center for International Forestry Research and Global Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF) and Director General of ICRAF.
“And if we come together, we can go beyond survival – to thrive.” We live in the digital age, characterized by interconnectivity and interdependence. It’s time to make the most of this time – using tools like artificial intelligence and cutting-edge research to tackle global challenges in an inclusive and responsible way. It is time to ensure that knowledge and wisdom from around the world are shared with those who need it most. Our work, together with our partners, provides tangible solutions to some of the most pressing challenges of our time.
“Our resilience is directly linked to how we protect and manage our landscapes,” said J.Ochen FlasbarthState Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
“Landscapes provide us with a wide range of ecosystem services and are the backbone of agriculture. Restoration projects, ranging from soil restoration to peatland rehabilitation to forest landscape restoration, offer a remarkable opportunity to create new green jobs. They are a good example of the synergies that can exist between environmental management and economic prosperity.
“We cannot talk about transforming food systems in a country like Kenya and much of Africa without really putting farmers at the center of it,” said Daniel M’MailuthaCEO of Kenya National Farmers Federation (KENAFF).
“We need to make sure farmers understand it’s in their best interest to do the right thing when it comes to the landscape. »
“Up to 40% of the planet’s land is degraded, directly affecting half of the world’s population,” said Ibrahim ThiawExecutive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
“By degrading land, we degrade our ability to produce sufficient and nutritious food, quality water and air. Africa has suffered 44% of the world’s worst droughts over the past 100 years. Over the past 50 years, the continent has suffered more than $70 billion in economic damage, not to mention immense human hardship. Africa, very rich in ecosystems, traditions and knowledge, holds a key. The continent has a long history of practicing sustainable agriculture, from the terraced fields of Rwanda to the agroforestry traditions of West Africa. It is time to amplify these African-led solutions, scaling them up and making them mainstream. »
“We encourage the use of local and biodiverse foods, and for this we have a policy framework, a legal notice requiring all millers to mark their products with forgotten foods to ensure that the local households use more local and biodiverse foods. ,” said Philis Njane, Deputy Director of Research and Innovation and Agricultural Economist at the Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya.
“We need to make agriculture cool for everyone. »
“In Africa, and especially in my country today, the average farmer is sixty years old. And yet, our nation is quite young. This begs the question: who will feed us? said Jenice Achieng, YPARD Kenya Country Representative.
“We need to change this narrative that we’re going to the cities to get white-collar jobs and expose and show that there’s a really big space in agriculture. »
The GLF Nairobi 2023 hybrid conference: a new vision for the Earth will take place in Nairobi and online on October 11-12, bringing together leading scientists, activists, indigenous leaders, financiers, women, youth, policymakers, the private sector and more. The first day focused on African sovereign solutions. Day two will bring together a global audience to develop a survival guide for a planet in crisis and set the stage for a fairer world ahead of the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28).