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First 4 per 1000 Africa symposium - report

This report outlines the outcomes of the 4 per 1000 Africa Symposium on Soils for Food Security and Climate, which discussed the links between soil health and climate in Africa.

The symposium highlighted the following key issues:

  1. There is a large gap between scientific research and civil society regarding sustainable soil management.
  2. African initiatives on climate change adaptation, land restoration, food security improvement and rural development should be coordinated for better efficiency.
  3. Africa has a unique opportunity to contribute to international climate change mitigation efforts as part of the solution through land restoration and carbon sequestration in soils and biomass.
  4. Discussions around soil carbon sequestration and soil health management need to highlight the connection to the water cycle and human health.
  5. Peatland protection requires support via international mechanisms.

Read the full report, First 4 per 1000 Africa Symposium 24 to 26 October 2018 - Report and outcomes, here. See also the Foodsource resource How do food systems affect land-use and biodiversity?

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The 54 countries in Africa – from the dry northern African nations, through those in deserts and rainforests, all the way to the temperate parts of South Africa – are hugely varied in their ethnic, cultural, climatic, geographic, and economic aspects. The continent’s population of over a billion inhabitants, with a median age of 19.7 years, is the youngest in the world. Due to both its localised epidemics of hunger and its huge untapped agricultural potential, Sub-Saharan Africa specifically is a key focus area for many NGOs and development agencies interested in food production and security.

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