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:
- There is a large gap between scientific research and civil society regarding sustainable soil management.
- African initiatives on climate change adaptation, land restoration, food security improvement and rural development should be coordinated for better efficiency.
- 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.
- Discussions around soil carbon sequestration and soil health management need to highlight the connection to the water cycle and human health.
- 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?
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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