Transforming food systems and restoring landscapes through African-led solutions


About GLF Nairobi 2023: ‘A new Vision for Earth’


The GLF Nairobi 2023 Hybrid Conference, held on October 11 and 12, convened global thought leaders to set the stage for COP28, the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference. This pivotal event mobilized action on critical issues affecting humanity, biodiversity, and our planet.

The conference featured two focused days: Day 1 centered on “Africa’s Sovereign Solutions,” exploring pathways to a sustainable and prosperous future for the continent. Day 2, dedicated to climate, aimed to craft a “Survival Guide for a Planet in Crisis,” paving the way for a fairer world ahead of COP28.

GLF Nairobi brought together a diverse coalition of influential voices, ranging from scientists, activists, and Indigenous leaders to financiers, women, youth, policymakers, and private sector representatives. As a united front, we collectively championed change and passionately advocated for meaningful action in these pivotal times.


Plenary Recap


In the open plenary session “Transforming food systems and restoring landscapes through African-led solutions” we explored the dynamic impact of African-led solutions in the fields of food systems and landscape restoration. While this event has concluded, its insights continue to reverberate.

We learned about inspiring success stories and cutting-edge strategies that have global implications in the realm of environmental conservation. The emphasis on collaboration with local communities to promote biodiversity conservation and ecosystem service enhancement was a key takeaway.

Africa’s pivotal role in shaping a more sustainable and resilient world remains an enduring narrative, offering inspiration and guiding principles for a better future.

The plenary received a vibrant and inspiring interpretation by the talented artist, Anna Denardin, as she beautifully expressed it in her own words:

This illustration represents African-led actions towards transformation and sovereignty. The hands in the center are planting seeds that grow into a pathway for moving into the future. The act of planting the seeds is both carrying and loving but also radical: it invokes and evokes the manifestation of a political practice of healing and well-being for all lives.


Discover the highlights from GLF Nairobi and explore our recap articles:


Author: Anna Denardin

Publisher: Global Landscapes Forum (GLF)

Language: English

Year: 2023

Ecosystem(s): Agricultural Land

Location(s): Africa

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