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Africa Climate Week Side Event: Leveraging Finance and Investments for Food Systems Adaptation in Africa


Concept Note


Organizers: AKADEMIYA2063, European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Rome Centre. 


African countries need significant investments to adapt to climate change and build resilient food systems. While additional climate adaptation finance is urgently needed to achieve global commitments, African countries are now developing national systems to secure and deploy funding through different policy and institutional innovations. Investments from the private sector, particularly blended finance instruments, must also be leveraged for food systems adaptation.


Drawing from the Malabo Montpellier Panel's report ADAPT  and ECDPM's AgrInvest project, this event will pinpoint food systems financing gaps and showcase lessons learned and best practices, drawing from recent experiences in five countries: Benin, Mali, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, and Kenya. It will also promote a multi-stakeholder dialogue on challenges and opportunities for scaling up finance for small-scale farmers, women, youth, and enterprises.


The event will feature two keynote presentations followed by a moderated panel discussion and end with a call for action to build a roadmap for more and better-coordinated investments for food systems’ adaptations.


An Africa Climate Week side event, the session will feature the following speakers:


1.      Ms. Kerstin Opfer, Policy Advisor Energy Policy and Civil Society, Germanwatch

2.     Dr. Seraphin Niyonsenga, Senior Scientist, AKADEMIYA2063

3.     "Ms. Cecilia d’Alessandro, Policy Officer, Sustainable Food Systems, ECDPM

4.     Mr. Ayman Cherkaoui, Director, Hassan II International Center for Environmental Training (invited)

5.      Ms. Beatrice Cyiza, Director General, Environment and Climate Change, Ministry of Environment, Rwanda

6.     Mr. Sauli Hurri, Senior Regional Technical Specialist, IFAD

7.      Ms. Lade Araba, Non-Executive Director, African Risk Capacity (ARC)

8.     Ms. Laureen Njuguna, General Manager Starlight Farmers’ Cooperative Kenya

9.     Ms. Enid Charana, CEO, Nyamira North Women Savings and Credit Society, Kenya

10.   Dr. Agostino Inguscio, Coordinator, UNDP Rome Centre

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