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Monthly Newsletter
March 2022

Welcome to the Resilient Food Systems (RFS) Newsletter

RFS is all abuzz in March with new report launches, knowledge sharing and on-going trainings from the FAO initiative, Making Every Voice Count for Adaptive Management (MEVCAM), happening into April. Learn more about the MEVCAM project on our website and follow along for updates as the trainings wrap up and lessons are shared.
The RFS PCU is also mobilizing a call to partners who are planning on attending UNCCD COP15 in May. To streamline the RFS contribution to the conference, please contact Rodrigo Cianella and Yawo Jonky Tenou to discuss implementing a joint side event with WOCAT.

This month we dropped a few new knowledge products including a Learning Note on Gender-Responsive Project Implementation (posted on International Women’s Day!) and a summary review of the six events that comprised the RFS 2021 Virtual Workshop Series. We are even highlighting some of the main components from the Annual Workshop Report in this month’s newsletter. Read on to read on!
We are also sharing two stories from the field that underscore the power of women in food systems transformation. In Ethiopia and Senegal, women’s collectives are reversing environmental loss through dairy and oyster farming, respectively, and the positive results are pouring in.
We are sure you’ll enjoy this month’s news and keep an eye out for a special news drop that deserves a post all its own. Coming your way in April! Keep those eyes peeled.
Thank you, as always, for your generous support. Happy reading!

Useful resources and links

Each month, the RFS Regional Hub gathers and shares useful resources under the broad themes of sustainable agriculture, resilience-building, land degradation and climate change.
  • The GEF is nearing consensus on the priorities and scope for their coming funding period to cover from July 2022 to June 2026. Find out more here.
  • The GEF-supported Nature-Based Infrastructure Global Resource Centre is offering a new Online Training Course About Nature-Based Infrastructure.
  • On March 18th, GEF published their Good Practice Brief on South-South Cooperation for Upscaling Nature-based Solutions for Climate Adaptation.
  • The UN Environment Assembly concluded on March 2nd with 14 resolutions to curb pollution, protect and restore nature worldwide. Find out what they are on the UNEP website.
  • A new phase in the Accelerating Progress Towards Rural Women’s Economic Empowerment (JP RWEE) joint programme was launched this month. Find out who the organizations involved are in this news brief from IFAD (hint: IFAD is one of them).
  • Switzerland and UNDP are planning a $42 million boost to private climate investments, advancing socio-economic development. Find out more here.

A new report details the results of the RFS 2021 Virtual Workshop Series

Due to continued COVID-19 restrictions, the Resilient Food Systems (RFS) Programme Coordination Unit (PCU) was unable to host the annual RFS programme workshop in person in 2021. But knowledge exchange waits for no pandemic, so in its place, the PCU held several virtual learning and exchange events attended by country project teams, implementing partners and key stakeholders.
Produced by World Agroforestry (ICRAF), a new report details the six events that the RFS 2021 Virtual Workshop Series comprised. The sessions were held over the second half of 2021 and included news on the programme’s transition to the GEF-7 results architecture, focused learning on cross-cutting themes, cross-country learning and a review of how the programme is doing from key actors and an external evaluation.
 Click here to read the full story →  

A women’s dairy group is restoring degraded land, diversifying their income and securing a resilient food future

Women are Ethiopian food systems’ unsung heroes, but the RFS team in Doba District is working diligently to change this. Implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Government of Ethiopia, the project is committed to empowering women by providing them with the support and resources to thrive long after the programme’s end.

A group of women, called Demaksitu Cooperative, is scaling up the benefits provided by the project through dairy farming. Supplied with Borana cows and a degraded hillslope, the women established a cut and carry fodder system and have already seen improvement towards restoring the land. Now, the group is scaling onwards and upwards with enough savings to rent a few extra plots and diversify their produce grown.
Click here to read more about Demaksitu Cooperative →

In Senegal, oysters and honey are saving the mangroves

Mangrove forests are a buffer between land and sea, with a rich diversity of benefits to the biodiversity they host and the people who live near them. In Senegal, climate change and overexploitation of the riches mangroves have to offer have resulted in widespread loss of the forest cover.
One driver for mangrove loss used to be oyster harvesting, but it has been transformed into one of the practices that is reversing it. Traditional oyster farming involved cutting off mangrove roots, but now a group of women from three villages have come together to develop a system of farming that doesn’t involve a single chop.
From the original article by Théa Ollivier for Le Monde Afrique, we are sharing this incredible story of restoration and community mobilization.
Click here for the full story →

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