Author: Dennis Kyalo and Charles Chilufya, S.J.
Publication Type: Report
Dennis Kyalo and Charles Chilufya, “Transforming Sub-Saharan Africa towards Inclusive and Climate Sensitive Food Sovereign Region: Building Back Better for Food Sovereignty” (Nairobi: Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa (JENA), June 2021), https://www.jenaafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Food-Sovereignty-in-Africa_Case-Report_JENA_06.2021.docx-3.pdf.
Achieving an inclusive and sustainable climate sensitive food secure Africa remains at the heart of key global and regional development goals such as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 and Africa Agenda 2063 goals and commitments. This also includes global protocols like the Paris Agreement of 2015 on climate change that seeks to ensure developed nations take responsibility to help developing nations cope with climate change. Research evidence shows ecological climate change related calamities like droughts, floods and locusts, global or regional systemic issues and more recently COVID-19 pandemic have derailed most of the efforts to attain food sovereignty in Africa. This has over the years attracted interventions from governments and development partners including Faith Based Organizations (FBOs).
As part of its work to influence policies and to promote African solutions for food sovereignty Jesuit Justice Ecology Network of Africa (JENA), sought to understand the salient issues affecting Africa’s food sovereignty drawing from past interventions and lessons learnt to inform the way forward. JENA’s work cuts across Central Africa; North West Africa; West Africa; Eastern Africa; and Madagascar. JENA’s drive and conviction is from the increasing evidence of alarming levels of food in-sovereignty and other aspects of human life in the continent which are largely driven by disasters related to climate change. In addition, with the conviction that some Climate Smart Agriculture practices, while they have the potential to increase agricultural yields; some lead to increased use of chemical inputs that are detrimental to the environment including worsening climate change. As such, JENA champions farming/ production systems based on agroecological and indigenous approaches that sustain food sovereignty and the livelihoods of communities in Africa.
Guided by the aforementioned background, the case report objectives are to ultimately inform attaining climate and food justice in Africa.