In 2014, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) released a report celebrating achievements through its partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Since then, the world has been responding to critical environmental and climate challenges. In 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were endorsed, confirming a new development paradigm that aims to move on from silos to integrated approaches, and significantly stepping up ambitions to eliminate rather than only reduce hunger, poverty and other global challenges. The Paris Agreement at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) also bound countries to take urgent actions to reduce global warming.
This STAP paper presents solutions that can help improve the sustainability of current agri-food system in both the short and long terms.
The challenge of food security in Africa will intensify in the coming decades. Demand for food will increase sharply in Africa as the African population is set to double by 2050, and as the population in parallel become more affluent. At the same time, with a chronic food deficit, one-quarter of its population undernourished, the lowest crop yields in the world and poor soil quality, Africa’s starting point in terms of food security is challenging. Climate change will further exacerbate the risks facing agriculture in Africa, which is dominated by small farms with few assets and limited capacities to adapt.
Tackling Global Environmental Challenges through the Integrated Approach Pilots - 3rd Progress Report
In the last quarter of 2015, the GEF Agencies, GEF Secretariat and STAP continued with consultation and outreach toward further development of the IAP programs.
The lead agencies of each integrated approach program consulted nationally, regionally and globally with key stakeholders. These activities are the first step to design the “child” projects (national projects or regional and global projects with national-level activities) and achieved two goals: increased understanding of the approach and methodology behind the integrated programs; and collection of valuable inputs for design of the child projects.
Outreach activities by the GEF and agencies continued to raise awareness of the integrated approach programs, most notably during the UNFCCC COP21 and the UNCCD COP12. In both cases, the audience demonstrated a high level of interest. Many countries expressed an interest in joining the programs, sending a strong signal to the GEF about the importance of these pilots.