From August 20-21, the United Nations Environment Programme, in collaboration with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, other UN agencies, governments, and other stakeholders, is hosting the First Africa Food Security Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. This conference, titled “Harnessing Ecosystem Based Approaches to Food Security and Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa,” will bring together stakeholders and practitioners from across Africa to discuss ways in which ecosystem-based adaptation practices can address issues of food insecurity in Africa.
The conference, spanning two days, will be a combination of plenary sessions and panel discussions, emphasizing the importance of information sharing, best practices and lessons learnt. It will also be an opportunity for practitioners to network, find space for collaboration and brainstorm on how to address shared challenges.
Representatives from Kusamala will be attending the conference and will be presenting our work during a plenary discussion on practical case studies of how ecosystem-based approaches are being used on the ground to improve diet diversity and food security in different countries. The presentation will focus on our partnership with Red Soil Project and will address different successes, challenges, lessons learnt and crosscutting issues, such as gender and climate change, from this project specifically and our work generally.
As one of twelve participants chosen to present out of 150 submissions, we are very excited about this opportunity to share our experiences and to learn from others. Stay tuned for more updates on this event!