COP15: CORAF Alongside Other Players Committed to Coping with Desertification

From May 9 to 20, 2022, some Heads of State and Government, some Ministers and other policymakers, private sector and civil society actors and other stakeholders from around the world gathered in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) for the 15th session of the Conference of Parties (COP15) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

On the sidelines of this major gathering for the fight against desertification, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) has co-organized with Alliance Sahel, on May 18, 2022, a high-level panel on the theme: ‘Inclusive and climate change resilient development in Sahel through low-carbon transition and agroforestry’.

On the occasion, CORAF was invited to share its experience in interventions to combat the effects of climate change and desertification in West and Central Africa (WCA).

“Climate change and desertification’s toll on agricultural and food systems in West and Central Africa is devastating nowadays,” said Dr. Ousmane Ndoye, Project Coordinator at CORAF.

To achieve food and nutrition security, West and Central Africa countries must move towards a more sustainable agriculture by adopting the concept of Climate-Smart Agriculture,”

affirmed Dr. Ousmane Ndoye, Project Coordinator at CORAF.

Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) is an approach that enables effective response of agricultural systems to climate change.

It proves to be the best option for WCA farmers today, in the face of the virulent effects of climate change and desertification, according to Dr. Ndoye.

“CSA aims at transforming food systems and practices adapted to communities to bring triple wins that would enhance opportunities to increase agricultural productivity and incomes, improve resilience to climate change and contribute to the long-term reduction of dangerous greenhouse gas emissions,” explains Dr. Ndoye.

Infographic: CORAF © 2022

CSA Alliances

CORAF implements several flagship initiatives in WCA that promote CSA.

It has already created a CSA Alliance in West Africa and is in the process of setting up the CSA Alliance in Central Africa.

These steps were undertaken within the framework of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme ex-Pillar 4 (CAADP-XP4), which is funded by the European Union, through the ‘Development of intelligent innovation by agricultural research —DeSIRA’ initiative.

“CSA Alliances serve as coordination platforms that allow actors to pool their efforts and better harmonize and coordinate their interventions aimed at combating the effects of climate change,” says Dr. Ndoye.

Policymakers, researchers, farmers’ groups, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations and the private sector are the building blocks of CSA Alliances.

“Through these Alliances, CORAF intends to better highlight CSA, with the aim of helping farmers and all stakeholders to better face the urgency of this scourge that threatens the Sustainable Development Goal N°2: Zero hunger.”

COP15 was indeed held in Abidjan “in a context of climate emergency” according to the President of Côte d’Ivoire, who said that in his opening remarks at the conference.

Through its theme —Earth. Life. Legacy: From scarcity to prosperity, it brought together all stakeholders and called them to act, to advance sustainable land management, to save the planet.

“Land degradation is not inevitable. Repair is possible,” underlined Sir Ibrahim Thiaw, UNCCD Executive Secretary, in his welcome statement.

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