WHH Side Event: Climate Change and Food Security
The contribution of pastoralism through sustainable management of rangelands across the Horn of Africa: How improved pastoralism can contribute to increased food security, climate adaptation and mitigation.
07/09/2023, 4:30-5:30pm, Room Amphi Caucus 1
All countries in the Horn of Africa are facing severe and recurrent droughts that threaten food security and cause livestock and crop losses, not least because of the effects of climate change. In addition, scientists already warn about the impact EL NINO will have later this year on the region. In Somalia i.e., 70% of the population live in poverty, 60% of the population has no access to water and sanitary equipment, depending largely on international aid. The needs for the affected populations are severe all over the Horn of Africa.
A sustainable management of rangelands in the region can contribute to both, food security and adaptation/mitigation. It contributes therefore to the global goal of adaptation that consists of enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience, and reducing vulnerability to climate change.
This side event is to showcase the contribution of improved pastoralism to climate change mitigation (greenhouse gases are stored in soil through roots of natural vegetation), adaptation (community resilience is increased) and food security (increase in meat/milk production and income, where agriculture is not feasible).
Together we are looking for solutions that combine food security with climate protection (adaptation/mitigation). The need for (locally led) adaptation options that do have transformative character and impact food systems positively is evident.
Africa Climate Week & Summit
The Africa Climate Summit is co-hosted by the Republic of Kenya and the African Union Commission (AUC) in Nairobi. It brings together Heads of State and Government, policy makers, civil society organizations, the private sector, multilateral institutions and youth to design and catalyze action and solutions on climate change in Africa.
Organized in parallel with the Africa Climate Summit, Africa Climate Week will provide a platform for policymakers, practitioners, businesses and civil society to exchange on climate solutions, barriers to overcome and opportunities realized in different regions, leading to the first global stocktake concluding at COP28 in UAE in December of this year.