08 - 11 May 2018
Resilient Food Systems PCU
Over 100 government and development sector experts attended the second general workshop of the Resilient Food Programme (II GEF-IAP-FS Workshop) in Nairobi, Kenya on 08-11 May 20018. The RFS Annual Workshops brought together RFS country project representatives, Regional Hub partners, and the RFS Programme Coordination Unit to review progress, plan for year two of implementation, exchange knowledge and experiences, and forge partnerships between the different country projects.
The workshop was also attended by representatives from Zambia and Chad, facilitated by the African Development Bank (AfDB), as well as GEF Operational Focal Points and government officers from 14 other African countries: Angola, Côte d'Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea (Conakry), Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Sierra Leone, Sudan and Zimbabwe. These representatives were able to learn more about RFS’s integrated approach to developing more sustainable and resilient food systems and identify areas for targeted application within their own country contexts.
Presentations highlighted how the RFS integrated approach contributes to the rural development goals of the continent. Elvis Paul Tangem, coordinator of the Great Green Wall initiative at the Africa Union Commission, emphasized how the programme could be used support regional initiatives, such as Agenda 2063, the Malabo Declaration and the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, to transform the agricultural landscape and improve food security.
The workshop also included field visits to the RFS Kenya country project, the Upper Tana Nairobi Water Fund (UTNWF) where they were able to engage directly with smallholder farmers who were benefitting from the project. The UTNWF field visit provided an opportunity to train country project teams on RFS Kenya’s approach to fostering Public-Private Partnerships for rehabilitating and preserving ecosystem services in the Upper Tana River basin.
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