Agro-ecological farming in West Africa

One of our readers responded to our item in the previous newsletter about the first African symposium of the 4per1000 Initiative (Johannesburg 24 to 26 October 2018) by letting us know about an exciting project:  “Agro-ecological Transition Support Project in West Africa” was launched in Abuja (Nigeria) on 27 April.

This is an 8 million euro project involving Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Togo. Its purpose is to support agro-ecological transition in West Africa through the financing of projects that support agro-ecological intensification and exchanges of experience. Financed by the French Development Agency (AFD), the main priority of the project is to support agro-ecology in particular on family farms in order to help them produce high quality food sustainably and in sufficient quantities while facing changes in climate. Continua a leggere “Agro-ecological farming in West Africa”

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First symposium in Africa and a meeting in Poland

Preparations are underway for two particularly exciting events that relate directly to the 4 per 1000 Iniziative.

We start in Africa, where the first symposium on the Initiative will be held in Johannesburg from 24 to 26 October 2018. The event will have a unique character because it is organized jointly with NEPAD. For those who haven’t heard of it, NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa’s Development) is a pan-African organization for socio-economic development, created to tackle the challenges faced by the continent, such as poverty and the exclusion of Africa from the global economy. Created in 2001, since 2010 NEPAD has been an Agency of the African Union with a remit to coordinate and enhance development programmes and projects for the whole continent of Africa.

NEPAD’s direct involvement in the 4per1000 Initiative is a concrete sign of the will to integrate carbon capture techniques and the maintenance of the soil’s natural fertility into African agriculture.

 

The second event is a day organized by the Initiative on 13 December 2018 at Katowice in Poland concurrently with COP 24, the climate change conference (which runs from 3 to 14 December). It is too early to know what the agenda will be or who will take part, but it will be a day for comparing notes and study, followed by the Initiative’s AGM.

 

It is worth noting that agroecology, which lies at the heart of the 4per1000 Initiative, is gaining ever-increasing importance. People are coming to undestand the need to produce food using natural methods that respect the soil and the ecosystems that contain it. National and international institutions are slowly realizing that we have overshot the limits of the planet’s resilience. Governments must now listen to their citizens and institutions and enact the political choices that are needed.  Ogigia Wood, which we showcased at the start of this Newsletter, is not “just a small example”, but a further indication of the road we must follow.

Primo simposio in Africa e incontro/assemblea in Polonia

La macchina organizzativa è avviata per la preparazione di due eventi particolarmente impegnativi e riguardanti direttamente l’Iniziativa 4 per 1000.

Si comincerà dall’Africa, con il suo primo simposio sull’Iniziativa, che si terrà a Johannesburg dal 24 al 26 ottobre 2018. Questo avvenimento assume un carattere particolare perché è organizzato congiuntamente col NEPAD. Per chi non lo conoscesse, il NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa’s Development) è l’organizzazione per lo sviluppo socio-economico panafricano, creata per far fronte alle sfide del continente, come ad esempio la povertà e l’emarginazione dell’Africa dall’economia mondiale. Creato nel 2001, il NEPAD dal 2010 è diventato un’Agenzia dell’Unione Africana e in tale veste coordina e incrementa programmi e progetti di sviluppo per l’intero continente africano. Continua a leggere “Primo simposio in Africa e incontro/assemblea in Polonia”

Guardiani del Suolo creati a Bristol

Ci siamo chiamati “Angeli del Suolo” con lo scopo di richiamare l’esperienza e lo spirito degli “Angeli del fango”. Questi ultimi arrivano dopo una inondazione per aiutare, pulire, togliere il fango dalle case, monumenti, strade.

Analogo disinteressato approccio vorremmo accadesse anche per il suolo, il territorio, il paesaggio. Fortunatamente, osservando ciò che accade negli altri Stati Membri dell’Unione Europea troviamo molti gruppi di persone con questa stessa disinteressata volontà.

Presentiamo qui il caso dei Guardiani del Suolo creati a Bristol (Gran Bretagna) Continua a leggere “Guardiani del Suolo creati a Bristol”