Vi Agroforestry at UN top meeting in New York

After four years of working with agroforestry, Benta Muga’s and John Oruka’s farm in Kisumu, Kenya, is thriving. In the photo: Benta Muga and John Oruko, Kenya Photo by: Amunga Eshuchi

How food is produced is crucial in fighting climate change. Vi Agroforestry highlights agroforestry as a key to achieving resilient food systems and to meet the climate change challenges, during the UN Climate Action Summit in New York this week.

On September 23, policy makers and civil society representatives gather at the UN Head Quarters in New York for the Climate Action Summit. Vi Agroforestry participates in two events.

Building a resilient future

Elizabeth Mwiyeria, Country Manager, Vi Agroforestry Kenya, will be one of the opening speakers at “Building a Resilient Future” – a one day event held on September 22.

The event, which is organised by Global Resilience Partnership, aims to reinforce the focus on resilience and the commitments expected to be made at the summit on 23 September.

Scaling up agroforestry and sustainable agriculture and land management is crucial to achieve resilient food systems and to meet the climate change challenges. As such Elizabeth will be speaking about vulnerability and adaptation measures, including nature-based solutions and how to step up actions to build resilient food systems.

Transforming Food Systems Under a Changing Climate

We will also be participating in the event “Transforming Food Systems Under a Changing Climate” on September 23.

The Transforming Food Systems Under Climate Change Initiative is a global effort involving over 100 organisations to change the way food is produced and consumed to meet the Global Sustainable Development Goals. The initiative proposes science-based actions that can transform food systems, and identifies champions from business, civil society and governments to lead implementation. Actions proposed include nature-based solutions, to ensure zero agricultural land expansion in high carbon landscapes and to improve carbon sequestration in degraded soils.

The event is organised by CCAFS – CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security.

– At the end of the summit we hope to have influenced policy makers and drawn attention to the need to focus on agroforestry in order to fight poverty, climate change and loss of biodiversity, says Elizabeth Mwiyreia.

Read more about the Climate Summit, which is part of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74).