Cameroon's civil society prepares its advocacy against desertification

Agroecology is the option promoted by Cameroonian civil society organizations (CSOs) for the 15ème Conference of the Parties (COP 15) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) to be held in Côte d'Ivoire in May 2022.

The workshop to develop an advocacy plan for agroecology was organized on March 29, 2022 by the Support Service for Grassroots Development Initiatives (SAILD) of Yaounde and Ajemalebu Self Help (AJESH) of Limbe, two accredited members of the UNCCD, in partnership with the NGO CARI in France, which is carrying out the Desertif'actions 2022 process.

The meeting provided an opportunity to gather input from CSOs for effective advocacy for agroecology at local, national and international levels.

Agroecology, a solution against desertification

The reflection focused on three aspects: agroecology and food security, agroecology and climate change, and agroecology and ecosystem restoration in drylands.

At the end of the exchanges, the 20 participants agreed to address specific messages to the stakeholders to ensure that the importance of agroecology as a solution to combat desertification is taken into account by the States and local authorities. Among the possible solutions, we note the increased awareness of the actors, the regulation of the sector, the promotion of the green economy and ecological practices in the implementation of development projects.

In addition to CSOs, the workshop was attended by representatives of the Ministries in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development, Environment and Nature Protection, Scientific Research, as well as the German Cooperation (GIZ), technical partner.

Marie Pauline VOUFO

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