Online programme of the European Development Days on The Green Deal for a Sustainable Future

15-16 June 2021European Development Days 2021 The title of this edition is “The Green Deal for a Sustainable Future”.

Farmers in developing countries face multiple and complex challenges: climate change, environmental degradation, economic upheaval, water scarcity, increased pollution and dietary health concerns, and rapid population growth. Indeed, agriculture has a huge environmental footprint as it generates almost a quarter of greenhouse gases as well as being impacted by climate changes.

By 2050, the world will need to feed 10 billion humans, but to do so, agriculture must become sustainable and resilient. Agriculture value chains must deliver more and better food at affordable prices while protecting the environment, improving human health, and fighting resource loss. They also need to bring bigger returns to create opportunities for growth and poverty reduction in our partner countries.

How can we promote agricultural practices and technologies that raise rural income? How can developing farmers harvest viable products while being sustainable in terms of climate, ecosystems and other natural resource use?

15 June 2021. 10:35 to 11:35 High-level panel Diverse, local, indigenous: Pathways for food security and conservation

The panel will discuss policies and good practices for conservation and the preservation of biodiversity while enhancing food security and nutritious and diverse diets in developing countries, based on local varieties and production. Special attention shall be given to inputs and the role of local communities and indigenous groups in this context. Panellists will discuss how the pressure on land, from food production and other factors, can be managed locally and supported by public policy and development cooperation.
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15 June 2021. 11:40 to 11:50. Climate Resilient Food Value Chains in Sub-Saharan Africa
Extreme weather events and climate change at large are increasingly compromising humanity’s ability to feed itself, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. Resilient food value chains can mitigate the food system’s roles as both a victim and driver of climate change. As such, it can offer food security and low-carbon development pathways out of poverty for millions of poor households. However, developing these complex systems calls for collaboration among the various stakeholders in the value chain, including farmers, agribusinesses, VET providers, governments, research institutions and CSOs. This multi-stakeholder session will explore the challenges and solutions to the many parts of the puzzle that constitute climate-resilient development for rural communities in SSA.

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15 June 2021. 12:00 to 12:45.Affordable, healthy and sustainable food for all. Perspective from the South

Food is at the crossroads of some of the most critical issues of our time. Scientists and experts are calling for changes in the food-water-energy nexus in order to meet the SDGs and the terms of the Paris agreement on climate. But often, progress in one area, such as sustainability, is done at the expense of progress in another area, such as affordability and access to nutritious food. Systemic approaches help navigate these trade-offs and provide fertile ground for win-win solutions. In the Global South, some of these solutions are already in the making. In this session, you will hear from a policymaker, a scientist, a farmer representative and a young entrepreneur on how they strive to navigate these trade-offs.

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15 June 2021. 12:50 to 13:00. Geographical Indications – An Opportunity for Biodiversity

Geographical Indications (GI) combine the market approach with the management and preservation of biodiversity and cultural heritage in a unique manner, particularly when developed together with local producers. The promotion of GI products benefit the local economy, while also preventing the disappearance of habitat and biodiversity resources, while often having a lesser environmental impact than industrial methods. This session will present two specific cases of GI closely linked with biodiversity preservation in Africa: Ziama Macenta coffee from Guinea and Madd from Casamance, a forest fruit from Senegal.

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This session brings together key stakeholders to discuss practical steps to implement land restoration with examples from the EU-funded project, Regreening Africa, operating in 8 countries in the Sahel and East Africa. As the UN declared 2021-2030 the ‘decade of ecosystem restoration’, practical examples of where restoration is happening is urgently needed. The session will discuss key approaches such selecting locally relevant options to suit agro-ecological niches, implementing farmer-centered approaches to encourage innovation to meet farmer needs; generating livelihood benefits; and innovative monitoring to track restoration over time. We will discuss policy barriers and how they can be overcome to scale restoration to millions of smallholder farmers and reach global targets.

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