Ecosystems to boost food security in face of changing climate (UN News Centre)

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Healthy ecosystems can help avoid food insecurity in Africa, UN-backed conference

Strengthening ecosystems is key to helping local farmers in Africa adapt to climate change and ensuring that they produce enough food to meet people’s nutritional needs, participants decided at the end of an international United Nations-organized conference in Kenya.

The conference, convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), other UN agencies, Governments and partners, explored ecosystem-based approaches to enhance food security, ecosystem productivity and climate change adaptation in Africa.

Nearly 800 participants from more than 50 countries attended the conference in the capital city of Nairobi, agreeing that ecosystem-based adaptation provides flexible, cost effective, and broadly applicable alternatives for building robust food systems on less inputs and reducing the impacts of climate change.

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About Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.
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