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Cornell University to Present a Side Event at the COP 21 in Paris

This Thursday Cornell University, IFPRI, IRD, and UNDP are hosting a joint Side Event briefing at COP 21: “Climate Change, Agroecology, Nutrition, and Food Security: Critical Lessons from Project Interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa.” This event will provide insights into the nexus of climate change, agroecology, food security and nutrition from international research and development projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. Climate change, with increasing temperatures, extreme precipitation and drought, and new pests and diseases, will create additional stresses on African farming communities and populations who already suffer from food insecurity and malnutrition. We will show how food security programs designed to alleviate poverty, of which Ethiopia’s Ethiopian Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) is a model, are also contributing to climate change mitigation in Sub-Saharan Africa. PSNP’s climate smart land management and ecosystem restoration interventions contribute to climate change mitigation by sequestering carbon in soils and biomass, creating an opportunity to couple food security interventions with climate change mitigation in the future. The session will also cover the outlook for Africa based on the newly released Global Nutrition Report 2015 from the International Food Policy Research Institute. Climate change influences nutrition through multiple physical, biological and socio-economic pathways, and nutrition can also contribute to climate change mitigation through dietary choices that are also good for health. Finally, we will provide examples of community-level approaches to climate resilience, agroecology, and food security from the UNDP GEF Small Grants Program in Sub-Saharan Africa. The program aims at engaging smallholder organizations in the participatory analysis of how agroecology is being applied in community farming, assessments of agroecosystem vulnerability to impacts of climate change, and practices to improve resilience outcomes at the local level.

The event will feature the following panelists:

  • Introduction to the Panel and Panelists: the Nexus of Climate Change, Agroecology, Nutrition, and Food Security: Allison Chatrchyan, Cornell University, Ithaca NY. Allison Chatrchyan is the Director of the Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture, and a Sr. Research Associate in Development Sociology and Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.
  •  Food Security Interventions for Mitigating Climate Change in Sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons from the Ethiopian Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP): Johannes Lehmann, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Johannes Lehmann is a Professor of Crop and Soil Sciences at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.
  •  Nutrition and food security in a warming world: Outlook and Opportunities for Africa based on the Global Nutrition Report 2015: Yves Martin-Prével, French Institute of Research for Development (IRD), Montpellier, France. Yves Martin Prevel is a Senior Researcher at the French Institute of Research for Development (IRD) in Montpellier, France.
  •  Community level approaches to climate resilience, agro-ecology, and food security: The experience and future plans of the UNDP GEF Small Grants Program in Africa: Charles Nyandiga, UNDP, New York, NY. Charles Nyandiga is a Programme Advisor and Regional Focal Point for the Anglophone Africa and Arab states with the UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme in New York, NY.

If you are attending the COP 21 and are interested in attending the event:

COP 21, Paris-Le Bourget, France

Thursday, 3 December 2015, 16:0017:30

Africa Pavilion*, Hall 3, Conference Rooms in Stand 28

*Note: Participants must possess an official UN delegate badge (blue zone access) to attend events in the Africa Pavilion. English-French Translation will be provided.