Africa Climate Week 2023: Adapting Agrifood Systems and Ensuring Food Security in Africa amidst Climate Change

Creation date: 1 Sep 2023

When: Thursday, 7 September; 13:30 pm-14:30 pm (Kenya time)

Where: Nairobi, Kenya

Location: Amphi Caucus 1, Kenyatta International Convention Centre, room TBC

Event type: In-person


Background and Objective

Sub-Saharan Africa faces a challenging situation due to climate change, conflicts, COVID-19, inflation, and debt, leading to a food crisis. The crucial agricultural sector, which sustains livelihoods, faces a USD 30 billion loss due to extreme weather. Taking urgent climate action, like allocating USD 15 billion for adaptation, is cost-effective compared to inaction, which could cost USD 201 billion by 2050. Rapid response is vital for ensuring sustainable food and bolstering resilience against climate challenges.

To address these issues, FAO and UNDP, through the SCALA programme, and the Ban Ki-Moon Center for Global Citizens are organizing a side event during Africa Climate Week 2023 in Nairobi on September 7th at 1:30 pm. This panel-style discussion session aims to find policy, finance, and data solutions for adapting agrifood systems in Africa, ensuring food security. Speakers from governments, research institutions, youth, and farmers will identify interventions for climate resilience and adaptation in agriculture.



Time Description Speakers
  Moderator Monika Froehler, Chief Executive Officer of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens
25 min Experiences, progress and challenges – Interactive panel discussion
•        National government perspective
•        Farmers perspective
Mr Lamine Diatta, Officer In charge of Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Uses (AFAT), Directorate for Environment and Classified Establishments in Senegal
Ms. Cesarie Kantarama, President INGABO syndicate - Council member EAFF from Rwanda
25 min Regional experiences and perspectives - Interactive panel discussion
•     Research, Sharing knowledge, building partnerships, scaling innovation and fostering gender and social inclusion;
•     Donor perspective on innovative
Ms. Nicoline deHaan, Director CGIAR GENDER & Youth Platform
Mr. Samuel Tumwesigye, Agriculture & Climate Change Technical Specialist at UNDP and Expert Member of Elevating the Voices of Women in Agriculture (EVWA) Council at Ban Ki-moon Center
Ms. Sophia Baumert, Advisor for Agriculture & Climate Change, GIZ
10 min Way forward and closing  


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