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Report from the Breakout Session on Food Security


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Siegfried Harrer (Federal Office for Agriculture and Food, BLE, Germany)

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Report from the Breakout Session on Food Security

  1. 1. Chair(s) Catherine Geslain-Laneelle and Siegfried Harrer General Raporteur(s) Objectives Date 25 October 2018 Guiding discussion questions Domain of action Actions Timing / Deadline Organization/ Partners / Leadership Financing options Recommendations/ Comments Cross-cutting action Communication - simplify the message, identify and disseminate good practices -alignment/cooperation RI 4p1000 NEPAD AUC UNICEF ICRAF FAO All institutions members of the 4p1000 World future Council CABI Communication has to be harmonized and simplified and disseminated at all levels (Continental, regional, National, local communities) / Identified good practices and share them/ make information and data available and accessible for everybody 1. According to your experience what are the main hurdles/obstacles to achieve food security and improved nutrition in Africa? 2. Among these obstacles, which ones are related to soils and/or climate change? 3. According to your experience, what kind of existing actions/initiatives in Africa are successful in alleviating these obstacles? Is it possible to scale up these initiatives and how? 4. What other actions would you suggest - Promotion of platforms for the exchange of knowledge, experience and expertise, for the benefit of all stakeholders. Tentative roadmap on Improving Soil Management for Food Security and Climate in Africa Sub-group 2 - "Healthy Soils for Healthy People" - Promotion and development of adequate agricultural policies - Development and promotion of agricultural practices to improve soil management and carbon seques - Support the implementation of appropriate practices and the improvement of capacities and skills; - Encourage and promote sustainable activities for the restoration / conservation / protection / enhancement of land, biodiversity, water resources and forests through the efficient management of natural resources ;
  2. 2. Domain of action Actions Timing / Deadline Organization/ Partners / Leadership Financing options Recommendations/ Comments 1.1. In terms of research and scientific cooperation Research integration biophysical/agronomy, Soil health and economy and social (culture, ethics) EU CGIAR RI NEPAD AUC 4p1000 FARA AGRA Research/studies has to take into account all cultural, social and economic aspects in the context of african Countries Knowledge transfer research to farmers and vice versa – “Inclusive research” (indigenous knowledge) Researchers and farmers learning from each other and buidling on identified needs and already existing practices 1.2. In terms of policies to promote and develop Introduce soil health and carbon sequestration in all relevant policies (FS, agriculture, development, education) AUC SADC/ RECs FAO (GSP) 4per1000 If we want address Soild Health and carbon sequestration, it has to be integrated in all relevant policies including development, education, agriculture … Identification obstacles when it comes to implement policies on Soil There are many obstacles when it comes to implement policies on Soil, such as lack of knowledge, lack of leardership, lack of fundings, confusion at the decision making level… Encourage Policy formulation, implementation and review to enhance Food Security through carbon sequestration FAO AU IFPRI African Center for Biodiversity Many African Countries do not have policy on Food Security and Carbon sequestration. Insure that subsidies/incentives encourage healthy soils and carbon sequestration Focusing on projects with positive impacts and promote good practices 1.3. In terms of development projects Ensure that development projects/policies are inclusive + holistic approach (develop guidance/document/ framework) 4p1000 RECs FAO Participative projects development approach: involve all stakeholders from the beginning (design and definition of the project) and ensure that the Project covers the all value chain (from farming to market access) Facilitate innovative funding mechanisms Make funding more accessible and avialable for people on the ground, especially small organizations (small scale farmers) Make an inventory of successful practices/projects + communication + up scale Good practiceson Soil are already existing on the ground, we need to identify and share them Page 2 of 3
  3. 3. Domain of action Actions Timing / Deadline Organization/ Partners / Leadership Financing options Recommendations/ Comments 1.4. In terms of actions to be taken by civil society Communication/ link with Communities Mobilization/ sensibilization of communities Page 3 of 3