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Monthly Newsletter
May 2022

Welcome to the Resilient Food Systems (RFS) Newsletter.

This month has been bananas at RFS with the presentation of a side event at the UNCCD COP15 on May 14th. Between preparing, presenting, and engaging with feedback from the session, we have been delighted at all the dialogue around food systems transformation and integrated approaches to sustainable land management.
In this month’s newsletter, we are presenting a short overview of the side event with an emphasis on our country case study presentations from Nigeria and Senegal. To complement the dialogue surrounding knowledge management and results longevity from the COP15 side event, we are also featuring stories from Nigeria and Ethiopia that demonstrate how to integrate multiple objectives into project plans, and how experience sharing is a tool for upscaling project activities.
We are also pleased to point readers towards our YouTube channel which is growing in content! Click here to watch our short documentaries and event recordings!
Happy reading/watching/perusing!

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.

Resilient Food Systems at UNCCD COP15: Integrated approaches to sustainable land management

On May 14th, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) hosted a side event at the UNCCD COP15, showcasing challenges and lessons learned from the Resilient Food Systems programme and an IFAD-led food security project in Cambodia.
The event was entitled “Integrated approaches for sustainable land management in sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia”, and comprised case studies from the RFS Nigeria and Senegal projects, a panel discussion with major actors in global food security, and a Q&A session with the presenters.
Read more about the RFS side event at UNCCD COP15

Tackling malnutrition in Nigeria with food found at home

The RFS Nigeria team is supporting the Women Farmers Advancement Network (WOFAN) in addressing malnutrition in their project communities. Through extensive training of extension agents to act as on-the-ground support, they have helped farmers to make the most of food products that are locally available and accessible.
Nutritional training in support of sustainable agricultural practices has helped reduce child malnutrition in the project sites, and participants learned new recipes that maximise the nutritional benefits of the foods they grow and know.
Click here to read more about how farmers are fighting malnutrition in Nigeria

RFS Ethiopia works towards upscaling project results by sharing experiences

With the RFS programme wrapping up in many of its project countries, ensuring that the efforts towards food systems transformation are carried forward it an important step. In Ethiopia, the project team hosted an experience-sharing event that brought together local stakeholders to upscale project activity uptake across the country.
Model farmers are a wealth of information and personal experience, showcasing the results of project activities. Over 250 farmers, 45% of whom were female, took part in the experience-sharing workshops alongside government officials and other project stakeholders.
Click here for the full story

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Resilient Food Systems, also known as the Integrated Approach Program on Food Security (IAP-FS), is primarily funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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