As the world gears up for the Climate Change conference and the adoption of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) later this year, a new approach is urgently needed to build an inclusive food system that is robust enough to create jobs and wealth for all in Africa, including the youth. Ecosystem based adaptation (EbA) provides flexible, cost-effective, and broadly applicable alternatives for building robust food systems on fewer inputs while reducing the impacts of climate change.
To effect this, over 1,200 experts, policy makers and participants adopted the Nairobi Action Agenda on Ecosystem based Adaptation for food security and formed the Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA), which re-imagines a system of agriculture for the continent that would be beneficial both economically and environmentally. The adoption of the Nairobi Action Agenda reflects the importance of the issues on a continent where food imports exceed food exports by 30 percent and the agricultural sector uses over 60 percent of Africa’s labor force.
The participants at the conference exchanged existing lessons and experiences into common solutions for food security and climate change adaptation on the continent with the objective of determining how to protect and restore Africa’s ecosystems, achieve food security and increase the likelihood of increased investment from oil earnings back into the Earth’s ecosystems, which underpin the entire food security system.
Some of the topics discussed at the conference include: how to build resilience under a changing climate, subsidy reform, land tenure and tax incentives as well as how to harness EbA-driven agriculture to stimulate job creation, growth, and value additional partnership in Africa.The EBAFOSA will work together with the African Union and other partners to help drive a Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) agenda in line with the Malabo Declaration as well as the proposed SDGs and Agenda 2063.