With support from the COMESA-EAC-SADC- Tripartite programme, the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) sent a delegation of 17 Climate change champions to participate in the 2nd Africa Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Conference (EBAFOSC 2). The FANRPAN climate change champions helped make history in forming the first ever Africa Ecosystems Based Agriculture for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA). They actively took part through making contributions, participating in the different sessions and spreading the EBAFOS message on twitter.
FANRPAN Climate Change Champions at the EBFOSC 2
Left - Appolinaire Zagabe; Right - David Bugeme tweeting about the proceedings
|Left - Alice Kachere; Right - Theopoline Itenge|
Left - Abel Musumali; Right - Yvette Ampaire
Left - Kenalemang Kgoroeadira (Mama Kena)
Left - Sithembile Ndema; Right - Farai Gwelo
Left - Zenzo Nyathi; Right - Talentus Mthunzi
Convened under the theme, 'Re-imagining Africa's Food Security through Harnessing Ecosystem Based Adaptation Approaches Now and Into the Future under Climate Change', EBAFOSC 2 was a resounding success. The conference was held from 30-31 July 2015 at the UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. It was facilitated by the United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office for Africa (UNEP/ROA) and partner organizations. More than 1200 delegates from governments, research and policy institutions, civil society, the private sector and youth organizations attended the conference.
Group photos at the EBFOSC 2
FANRPAN team of Climate Change Champions at the 2nd Ecosystems Based Adaptation for Food Security Conference
Opening of conference
To officially open the conference on Thursday 30 July 2015Richard Munang, Coordinator, Africa Regional Climate Change Programme at the UNEP Regional Office for Africa (UNEP/ROA), gave the welcome remarks. In his address he highlighted that the conference is a multi-stakeholder process that aims to inform, influence and catalyse actions to advance the EBA-driven agriculture framework to enhance food security in Africa.
A high-level opening panel made up of representatives of key EBAFOSC 2 organizing partners made introductory statements. The high level panellists, challenged the delegates to re-imagine a Food secure Africa and then take steps towards it. Emphasis was also put on the importance of supporting ongoing initiatives to promote traditional crops, such as sorghum, and indigenous vegetables that contribute to multiple benefits, including sustainable land management, resilience to drought, improved nutrition security, and income generation through improved processing and marketing techniques.
Richard Munang giving the welcome remarks during the high level openning session of the EBAFOSC 2 conference
H.E. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime giving the openning address
High level opening Panel
During the afternoon session of Day 1, delegates broke-out into seven parallel sessions addressing the overall theme of 'Making EBA-driven agriculture work in Africa now and into the future - optimizing and unleashing opportunities for EBA-driven agriculture in Africa.' The sessions individually explored: the role of youth and women in EBA-driven agriculture; Education, Information Communication Technologies, Data and its role in transforming EBA driven agriculture in Africa; innovative financing models; the role of the private sector; south-south cooperation; innovations to reduce post-harvest losses and wastage; and resilience to climate change.
Some of the key messages that came out of these sessions include:
- The need for greater focus on youth by extension services, educational institutions and policymakers, to help improve young people's perceptions about the potential of agriculture as a profession and business opportunity;
- Partnerships can help banks manage these risks and develop financial products that meet the needs of smallholder farmers;
- Bridge the gap between smallholders and financial service providers through awareness creation and matching mechanisms;
- Policymakers play a key role in enabling ICT to contribute to upscaling EBA, including via fiscal measures and steps to enhance data and technology access for farmers;
- The importance of regional African cooperation to address EBA and the management of shared natural resources.
Day 1 Break-out sessions
Panelists Day 1 Break-out session on Climate Change and resilience through EBA
Day 2 of the conference
Friday 31 July 2015was a full day plenary session to discuss policy issues related to scaling up EBA-driven agriculture on the continent, as well as practical recommendations for the way forward. Key recommendations from this session included:
- The need to harness indigenous knowledge and products, while letting go of counter-productive practices;
- The need for additional best practices in implementing EBA beyond the agricultural sector, for example in sustainable land management, afforestation and flood prevention, reflecting the emerging consensus that EBA is a multi-sectoral concept which must be mainstreamed in agricultural, forest, water, infrastructure, energy, education; and
- The need to ensure that any new initiatives be fully funded and capitalized.
Participants at the second session on Day 2
Two main outcome documents were produced and adopted during the closing session of EBAFOSC 2: 'The Nairobi Action Agenda on Africa's Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security' and, the 'Constitution establishing a new pan-African institution, the Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA)'.
In establishing EBAFOSA, the following next steps were outlined: The African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) was nominated as the interim EBAFOSA host; the Bureau accepted an offer from Zambia to convene the first Assembly session and agreed that Zambia would assume the Assembly Presidency; South Africa would serve as Rapporteur, while Uganda, Cameroon and Ghana would serve as Vice Presidents representing the East, Central and West Africa sub-regions, respectively; EBAFOSA Bureau would determine a representative from North Africa to serve as the fourth sub-regional Vice President.
Her Excellency Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, gave the closing remarks in which she promised to forward the decisions to the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) and the African Union (AU) for endorsement. The Conference Chair Alice Kaudia then declared EBAFOSC 2 officially closed.
For a full report on outcomes and resolutions of the meeting visit: http://www.afsac2.aaknet.org/index.php/conf-outcomes