2021 Brazil-Africa Forum Commit to Boost Solutions for Food Insecurity, Climate Change
The African continent is known to be the most vulnerable to climate change and the least equipped to cope with severe challenges such as food insecurity.
Rabat – As the COVID crisis exacerbates the African Continent’s food insecurity crisis, activists and representatives of international NGOs and multinationals, including Morocco’s OCP Group, attended the 2021 Brazil Africa Forum to discuss potential solutions to reduce hunger and improve climate conditions in Africa.
One of the panels of the two-day forum, themed “Sustainable Agriculture and Food Production: Ensuring Climate-Smart Food Systems,” focused on finding solutions to ensure long-term sustainable development.
Acute food insecurity in Africa has gradually increased over the past years due to several reasons such as regional conflicts, political mismanagement, and economic slowdowns. It has become a critical issue with heavy impacts on ordinary people’s wellbeing.
Panelists stressed the fundamental issues that are impeding Africa’s development, especially climate change, hunger, and malnutrition.
Faycal Benameur, Senior Vice President for East Africa at OCP Group, stressed that “Africa might not be the biggest contributor to climate change, looking at the numbers, Africa is the first to be impacted by climate change and food insecurity.”
He called for joint effort to combat food insecurity, climate change, and biodiversity challenges by emphasizing two elements: carbon sequestration and appropriate farming practices.
Benameur argued that carbon sequestration is strategic for the African continent, recalling that Africa captures 530 million tons for CO2 per year, almost three times the level of the global potential of the European continent.
Carbon sequestration is a long-term process that aims to store atmospheric carbon dioxide in plants, soils, geologic formations, and the ocean.
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