Tuesday, 10 December – Mainstreaming regenerative food production - Resilience Frontiers

Resilience Frontiers

Tuesday, 10 December – Mainstreaming regenerative food production

10.00 – 11.00Resilience Frontiers Lab

Moderator: Johanna Nalau

Martin Frick, UNFCCC secretariat
Sam Harris, BSR
Zitouni Oulddada, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Dennis Garrity, World Agroforestry (ICRAD)
11.30 – 13.00Enabling a just transition through a feminist approach to agroecology

Moderator: Teresa Anderson, ActionAid International

H.E. Yeshey Penjor, Minister for Agriculture, Bhutan (tbc)
Ndivile Mokoena, Gender CC – Women for Climate Justice, Southern Africa
Sonita Mbah, Better World, Cameroon

Session description

The climate emergency is particularly embodied by smallholder and family farmers in the global south, a group represented by at least 850 million people. Unpredictable and increasingly extreme weather is leading to crop and livestock losses and exposes farmers to food insecurity and disasters. Big agriculture and the use of monocrops and chemicals is simultaneously deteriorating soil health, making it less resilient to climate change, compounding the vulnerabilities of farmers, increasing inequality and marginalising women.

Women represent around 43% of the agriculture labour force in developing coun­tries. But they are particularly vulnerable because patriarchal social norms prevent their equal access to the productive resources necessary for farm­ing and affect their ability to navigate and overcome climate extremes and food insecurity. Lack of gender-responsiveness in agriculture and climate polices means that women farmers are ignored and undermined, and industrial agriculture intensifies this trend.
Agroecological farming practices offer farmers and regions the much-needed, just, transition to diverse, environmentally sustainable, climate resilient and gender-responsive agriculture. This session presents a feminist approach to agroecology, which additionally addresses the social norms and structures that make women vulnerable.  This approach transforms both gender relations and human-nature relations, and explicitly constructs spaces of equal participation between men and women. In this sense, women’s causes such as equal speech and participation, equal income, shared power and the fights against gender violence and sexism are of critical importance to the movement for agroecology.
The Minister of Agriculture from the Government of Bhutan, which practices 100% organic agriculture will try to attend and share Bhutan’s experiences, time permitting. The session will also offer perspectives from Southern Africa and Cameroon as well as an international overview. The session will discuss how agroecology has the potential to scale up and be endorsed by governments as a key driver of a gender-just transition.
13.00 – 14.30Lunch break
14.30 – 16.00Youth Knowledge Lab

Moderator: Liz Wathuti

Humna Sharif, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Esnath Divasoni, Campaign for Female Education
Yemi Adeyeye, Young professionals for Agricultural Development
16.30 – 18.00SLYCAN Trust: Adopting innovative and climate-friendly food options to enhance climate resilience

Food security is among the key concerns that a country faces in achieving sustainable development. With SDG targets met in 2030, how do countries ensure that the food we produce and consume beyond 2030 are climate-friendly. How are communities and our food systems prepared for different climate scenarios, with innovative options for adapting to sustainable and forward-looking food practices?
This session organized by SLYCAN Trust, in collaboration with 50by40 observes how our choices of food, as well as the food we consume and produce is climate-resilient, and climate-friendly. The objectives of the session are achieved through presentations on innovative food options, and discussions on how our choices could lead to ensuring climate resilience.

The panel will include policymakers, practitioners, visionaries, and other stakeholders focusing on ensuring climate resilience in the food security-related sectors.

Duncan Williamson, Compassion in World Farming “Holistic Approaches to Food Security”
Sweta Sood & David Pedersen, 50by40 “Transitioning to Climate-friendly Food Production Pathways”
Happy Khambule, Mansa Advisory – “Just Transition for Global Food Security”
MD Shamsuddoha, CPRD- Bangladesh “Farmer Funds for Climate Resilience”

Overarching Objectives
– Engaging key stakeholders in envisioning concrete actions for climate resilience building in the food security sector
– Developing innovative options for food security and climate-friendly, and resilience building measures
– Spreading awareness of successes and good practices that could ensure achieving climate resilience in line with the changing climate scenarios, beyond 2030 SDG targets.
1.  With SDGs achieved, are we heading towards climate resilience in the food sector?
2. What options lies ahead for achieving climate resilience and ensuring food security?
3. Who are the key actors in reaching our objectives and targets? What is their role in achieving them?
For further information kindly contact info@slycantrust.org