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African Soil Seminar - Soil Restoration for Achieving the 2063 and 2030 Agendas in Africa:
Linking Global Ambitions to Local Needs

28-30 November 2016 | Nairobi, Kenya

Summary Highlights: 28 - 30 November 2016

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Participants of the First African Soil Seminar

African Soil Seminar Co-Chairs pose with representatives of Host Governments

The inaugural regional meeting of African soil and land management stakeholders concluded on Wednesday 30 November 2016 at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) headquarters in Nairobi. The Seminar was convened by the Global Soil Forum at the Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam, and ICRAF, with support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. It was co-hosted by ministries in charge of agriculture of Kenya, Ethiopia, Benin and Burkina Faso, as well as the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Agency.
During the closing high-level plenary session, representatives of the Co-Hosts presented a joint statement signaling their commitment to continue to promote land restoration efforts in their countries and the region as a whole. Chairs’ Conclusions, highlighting key messages from the Seminar will be forwarded to the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July 2017.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, has provided a summary of the African Soil Seminar on the 3rd of December 2016, which is available in HTML and PDF.

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Highlights for Wednesday, 30 November 2016

On the third and final day of the first African Soil Seminar, a high-level plenary session convened to address the topic, ‘Financing Soil and Landscape Restoration: Implementing the Addis Ababa Action Agenda.’ Building on the thematic discussions on financing land restoration on Tuesday, the session, which was facilitated by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Deputy Director-General Ravi Prabhu, discussed how to leverage the catalytic role of public resources to encourage increased investments in soil rehabilitation and benefit food-insecure farmers.

During a brief closing session, representatives of the five Co-Hosts – the governments of Kenya, Ethiopia, Benin and Burkina Faso as well as the NEPAD Agency – presented a joint statement signaling their commitment to continue to promote land restoration efforts in their countries and the region as a whole. The Seminar’s Co-Chairs, Wanjira Mathai and Alexander Müller, then presented a summary of their ‘Chairs’ Conclusions,’ highlighting key issues discussed at the Seminar.

An informal session of knowledge exchange at the “Marketplace of SLM Methods,” also took place, showcasing innovative technologies and approaches to soil and land restoration.

The Seminar concluded with an afternoon of “walking debates” around various Nairobi locations, facilitated by local community mobilizers, scholars and civil society organizations. A new addition to the Global Soil Week, the walks aim to encourage reflection on emerging sustainability themes, such as how to make food accessible and nutritional, and how to encourage healthier behaviors that integrate an understanding of climate change.

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Plenary on Financing Soil and Landscape Restoration: Implementing the Addis Ababa Action Agenda

From L-R: Mamadou Diakhite, NEPAD; Christian Witt, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Sithembile Ndema Mwamakamba, FANRPAN; Bernard Crabbé, European Commission; Martin Tsounkeu, Africa Development Interchange Network (ADIN); and Pushpam Kumar, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)


Ravi Prabhu, Deputy Director-General, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

Carolin Sperk, Global Soil Forum, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, Germany (IASS)


 

Pushpam Kumar, UNEP

 

Martin Tsounkeu, ADIN



High-level Closing Statements: Towards 2030 and Beyond: Moving on Jointly

African Soil Seminar Co-Chair, Alexander Müller, Töpfer, Müller, Gaßner – ThinkTank for Sustainability (TMG) , makes closing remarks, watched by Co-Chair Wanjira Mathai, Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies, Kenya


Françoise Assogba Komlan, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Benin, delivers the Co-Hosts' Statement


Representatives of the Host Governments pose for a photo with the Seminar Co-Chairs


SLM Technologies Marketplace

Paul Kleene, GRAF, shares some information with Jules Marie Somé, GIZ


SLM Technologies Marketplace participants share their contact details to receive additional information

Participants interacting with a Marketplace presenter on SLM Technologies


Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas on display at the SLM Technologies Marketplace


Highlights for Tuesday, 29 November 2016

The second day of the African Soil Seminar opened with three parallel thematic sessions. The first session discussed the links between land governance and sustainable land management in Africa, drawing on lessons from Benin and Burkina Faso.

The second session explored opportunities to bridge the shortfall in funding commitments for land and soil restoration, such as the estimated US$150 billion required to restore 150 million hectares of agricultural land in order to contribute to the food security aim of the New York Challenge. The session also highlighted the recently launched Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) Fund, an initiative of the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), which seeks to leverage public funds with private capital.

The third session discussed how to design and address food policies through youth programmes and involvement that respond to the challenge of severe hunger and food insecurity that is faced by millions of people around the world, especially in Africa.

In the afternoon, a High-Level Plenary convened to discuss the next steps, supporting policies, and partnerships necessary to ensure holistic and effective follow up and review of implementation of the African Union's Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals. The discussions explored, among other questions: the kinds of information and knowledge needed to ensure effective monitoring of sustainable land and soil management targets; how to ensure that this information is made available to the poorest and most vulnerable communities; and how to incorporate a wide range of stakeholders into monitoring, follow-up and review mechanisms, especially in the face of a shrinking space for civil society in many countries.  

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Thematic Session on Land Governance and Sustainable Land Management in Africa: What Lessons to Draw?

From L-R: Simon Bodea, TERRE et VIE; Marcellin Allagbe, Centre d'Action Régional pour le Développement Rural (CARDER), Benin; Saydou Koudougou, Groupe de Recherche et d'Action sur le Foncier (GRAF), Burkina Faso; and André Tioro, GRAF, Burkina Faso


Sayodu Koudougou, GRAF, Burkina Faso

Marcellin Allagbe, CARDER, Benin


Mary Githaiga, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Kenya

Austin Godwin Chiazor Onuoha, African Center for Corporate Responsibility


Thematic Session on Making Investments in Soil Rehabilitation Count for Food Insecure Farmers

Clarisse Aduma, Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB Group), discussed innovative financing instruments targeted at smallholder farmers.


 


Thematic Session on Food Security Policies for 2030

Matheus Alves Zanella, Global Soil Forum, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, Germany (IASS)

Janet Maro, Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania


Nicodemus Nyandiko, Masinde Muliro University, Kenya

Boniface Kiteme, Centre for Training and Integrated Research in ASAL (Arid and Semi-Arid Lands) Development, Kenya


Plenary on Measuring What Matters: What Knowledge do We Need to Ensure That We Are Moving Forward?

From L-R: Ivonne Lobos Alva, IASS; Habtamu Hailu, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ethiopia; McBride Nkhalamba, African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Secretariat; Florence Mtambanengwe, University of Zimbabwe; Solomon Mkumbwa, UN-HABITAT, Kenya; Rose Oluoch, SDGs Kenya Forum; and Jes Weigelt, IASS


Jes Weigelt, IASS

Session Facilitator, Ivonne Lobos Alva, IASS


Rose Oluoch, SDGs Kenya Forum

Florence Mtambanengwe, University of Zimbabwe


Members of MoTra, an all-female percussion band based in Nairobi, Kenya, entertained participants during the session

MoTra, entertained participants during the session


 

 


Highlights for Monday, 28 November 2016

The first Global Soil Week regional meeting, convening African soil and land management stakeholders, opened today at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The three-day meeting will address the theme, ‘Soil Restoration for Achieving the 2063 and 2030 Agendas in Africa: Linking Global Ambitions to Local Needs.’

The African Soil Seminar was conceived by African stakeholders at the Global Soil Week 2015, who expressed strong interest in creating a regional African platform for sustainable soil and land management. Around 150 participants from government, research institutions, non-governmental organizations, agricultural technology services providers and other sectors are attending the Seminar, which is co-organized by the Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS Potsdam) and ICRAF, with support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ. 

During the opening plenary, speakers representing the Co-Host governments and Facilitating Partners highlighted their experiences and perspectives on soil restoration and sustainable land management. In the afternoon, the first set of thematic discussions took place, addressing the sub-themes of soil carbon and climate change, land governance and water management. The discussions involved presentations and panel discussions on three themes. The first session was facilitated by the Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization, ICRAF and the Global Soil Forum – IASS. It explored the central question of: “What would it mean to prioritize smallholder food security in linking soils and climate, and highlighted at the levels of policy and programming, research and technology, and implementation?” The second thematic session, facilitated by the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Global Soil Forum - IASS, explored how multi-stakeholder processes can enhance the inclusion and recognition of rights of impoverished and marginalized user groups in policy design.

The final thematic session was facilitated by the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI), Katiba Institute, Kenya, Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte (DIMR), and Töpfer, Müller, Gaßner – ThinkTank for Sustainability (TMG). Participants discussed possible designs for nationally owned, multi-stakeholder monitoring and learning processes that bridge the gap between international and national policy aspirations to improve land governance for vulnerable and marginalized people.

 

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Plenary I: Harnessing Soil Policies for the 2063 and 2030 Agendas 

African Soil Seminar Co-Chair, Alexander Müller, Töpfer, Müller, Gaßner – ThinkTank for Sustainability (TMG) and Study Lead TEEB AgriFood, Germany, makes opening remarks, watched by Co-Chair Wanjira Mathai, Partnerships for Women's Entreprenership in Renewables (wPOWER), Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies (WMI), Kenya

Willy Bett, Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Kenya


Françoise Assogba Komlan, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Benin

Co-Chair, Wanjira Mathai


View of the room during the opening plenary


Daouda Maiga, Technical Advisor, Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries, Burkina Faso

Mamadou Diakhite, Principal Programe Officer, Sustainable Soil and Water Management at NEPAD, South Africa


Boniface Kiteme, Centre for Training and Integrated Research in ASAL Development (CETRAD), Kenya

Solomon Tefera, Director, Soil Fertility Improvement, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resource Development, Ethiopia



Soil Carbon for Climate and Development

Panelists of the Soil Carbon for Climate and Development thematic session



Soil and Landscape Restoration for Water Security

Participants follow the thematic session on Soil and landscape restoration for water security


Paul Kleen, Consultant, Agro-Socio-Economist, GRAF, Burkina Faso

Sithembile Mwamakamba, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), South Africa

Dougbedji Fatondjiwau,
Researcher, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Niamey, Niger


Human Rights-Based Monitoring & Learning Processes for Responsible Land Governance

Participants of the Human Rights-Based Monitoring and Learning Processes session


Christine Njeru-Kuria, Kituo Cha Sheria, Kenya

Karuti Kanyinga, Institute of Development Studies, Kenya


Participants discuss responsible land governance


Around the Venue

 


 

 


 


ENB Team Members From L-R: Wangu MwangiJennifer Covert; Wanja Nyingi; and Herman Njoroge Chege


 



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