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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Global Community of Practice on the Vision for Adapted Crops and Soils

23 April 2024
Inaugural Webinar of the Global Community of Practice (CoP) on the Vision for Adapted Crops and Soils VACS - Theme: Optimizing the Vison for Adapted Crops and Soils in Africa 

The VACS represents the latest wave in the global attempt to firmly integrate the forgotten/ indigenous food opportunity into the food system. The Africa Community of Practice on Forgotten Food was established following the UN Food System drive; this has laid the foundation to ride on for the integration of forgotten foods; it has developed the Africa Manifesto on Forgotten Food in alliance with AU led Africa Common Position on the Food System. 
  • The VACS CoP is the global community and will integrate and strengthen the existing Africa CoP by providing opportunity to align with a global movement on the same subject. VACS is a global movement that aims to foster more resilient food systems by focusing on the fundamentals of food security: --adapted crops and healthy soils. 
  •  VACS was launched by the U.S. Department of State, the African Union (AU), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD). 
  • VACS seeks to boost agricultural productivity, nutrition, and farmer livelihoods through diverse, climate-adapted crops grown in healthy soils, and by promoting land use and management decisions to ensure that soils will be conserved for the nutrition of future generations. 
  • VACS provides a unified investment framework for stakeholders to advance these goals. 
  •  VACS prioritizes nutrition as the endpoint for resilient food systems. 

 The Webinar offer an opportunity to understand the VACS and leverage the global movement in the direction of Africa's interest. We will have the opportunity to influence how VACS should run in Africa through the engagement.

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