Transforming food systems in crises: How Africa can build a resilient food future

9 Sep 2022

Learn more at GLF Africa on 15 September 2022

Bonn, Germany (8 September 2022) – Millions of people across the African continent are facing starvation due to climate change, COVID-19, and the war in Ukraine, which are exposing the fragility of our global food system. But that is not the whole story. A growing movement of local communities and traditional leaders are working to restore the continent’s degraded landscapes and feed its people sustainably. 

WHAT – The Global Landscapes Forum is convening a unique one-day virtual event that reaches millions of people and offers the latest insights on science, tools, practices, and local solutions needed to transform Africa’s food systems and build a resilient food future. 

HOW – The conference will platform African voices and experiences through plenaries, sessions, launch pads, virtual tours, and art, bringing together entrepreneurs, traditional leaders, youth, and women who are shaping the future of the continent. 

Key themes will include 

  1. Landscape rights: from inclusive tenure to policy change  
  2. Resilient, regenerative landscapes: from restoration to agroecology  
  3. Sustainable finance: from markets to value chains  

WHEN15 September 2022, 8.00 AM EAT (GMT +3), with a full day’s agenda

WHERE – Online. Find conference registration details here.  Free for African nationals. 

WHY ATTEND – Explore the countless examples of successful, locally-led African climate change solutions with massive potential to be scaled up. Connect with 190+ speakers and the stories they have to tell. 

WHO – The Global Landscapes Forum is the world’s largest knowledge-led platform on integrated land use. At GLF Africa 2022, organizers aim to bring together over 6,000 participants.

Key speakers include:  

  • Jochen Flasbarth: State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) 
  • Ineza Grace: Coordinator, Loss and Damage Youth Coalition
  • Cristina Duarte: Special Adviser on Africa to the United Nations Secretary-General, United Nations
  • Mercy Juma: Journalist, Storyteller, BBC Africa
  • Carlos Lopes: High Representative African Union; Honorary Professor – University of Cape Town- Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, Faculty of Commerce
  • Charity Lanoi: Restoration Steward, Moilo Grass Seed Bank 
  • Youba Sokona: Vice-Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 
  • Eva Makandi: Founder, Light On A Hill (LOAH), and GLF Restoration Steward 2022 
  • Alvin Ochieng Omondi: Chairman, Social Entrepreneur, Soccer Coach and Youth Mentor, Lucky Summer Environmental Waste Management Organization (LEWMO)  
  • Desmond Alugnoa: Co-Founder, Green Africa Youth Organization (GAYO) 

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Press material shared within the framework of GLF Africa 2022. Soon more announcements about the digital conference.

About the GLF 

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is the world’s largest knowledge-led platform on integrated land use, dedicated to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate Agreement. The Forum takes a holistic approach to create sustainable landscapes that are productive, prosperous, equitable and resilient, and considers five cohesive themes of food and livelihoods, landscape restoration, rights, finance and measuring progress. It is led by the Center for International Forestry Research-World Agroforestry Centre (CIFOR-ICRAF), in collaboration with its co-founders UNEP and the World Bank, and its charter members

This conference is made possible through our sponsors and working partners.

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