Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

WEBINAR: Climate Resilience through the Right to Food

16 September 2021. This event addressed the right to food as an important entry point for transforming current unequal, and unsustainable development pathways. The interactive panel sessions explored how to reshape African-European dialogue to help accelerate the transformation towards more climate resilient landscapes “that work for people.” 

Taking the perspective of African smallholder farmers and pastoralists who are among the most severely affected by the impacts of accelerated climate change, speakers highlighted why a rights-based approach is a critical link in implementing nature-based solutions that enhance sustainable livelihoods while protecting the environment. 

The session concluded by outlining some insights for the UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) process, especially considering growing concern that the Summit may not achieve its fundamental goal of transforming our broken food systems unless it takes on board the perspectives of key stakeholder groups.
  • Fatima Denton Director UN University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa 
  • Luc Gnacadja President GPS-Dev 
  • Lindiwe Sibanda Director ARUA Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Food Systems: ARUA-SFS 
  • Marc Nolting Head of Unit, Global Agenda for Food and Nutrition GIZ
  • Martin Frick Deputy to the Special Envoy UN Food Systems Summit 
  • Million Belay General Coordinator Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)
  • Muthoni Wanyeki Africa Regional Director Open Society Foundation 
  • Nomonde Buthelezi Food Agency Cape Town (FACT) / Heinrich Boell Foundation Cape Town 
  • Ravi Prabhu Director Innovation, Investment and Impact World Agroforestry (ICRAF
  • Sebastian Lesch Head of Agriculture Department German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development 
  • Barend Erasmus Dean, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences University of Pretoria 
  • Violet Shivutse Founder and Coordinator Shibuye Community Health Workers Facilitators & Co-Hosts 
  • Alexander Müller Managing Director TMG Research 
  • Gerrit Hansen Programme Director, Climate Change Robert Bosch Stiftung 
  • Jes Weigelt Head of Programmes TMG Research 
  • Wangu Mwangi Senior Communications Associate TMG Research

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