Canadian and African voices for regenerative agriculture as a climate solution | Africa Climate Action Initiative (ACAI), Soil4Climate and ClimateFast | For Climate Week 2020

Soil erosion and desertification are happening today at alarming rates, driving water and food insecurity, forced migration, and climate change. Estimates indicate that between 44% and 57% of all greenhouse gas emissions come from the global food system. At current rates of soil degradation, the UN has indicated that we may only have 60 harvests left.

There are multiple threats to our food supply and food justice that need to be understood and addressed by all of us – and a solution that lies right beneath our feet. ‘Our Common Ground’ brings together Canadian and African voices to feature a key ally in the fight against climate change and the transition to a regenerative future: our soils.

This dialogue draws the links between food, farming and climate, and highlights the potential of regenerative agriculture to capture carbon, replenish our water supply, reverse desertification, balance our climate, align humanity with our environment, and feed the world with healthy food.

Our Moderator:

  • Karl Thidemann – Co-Founder and Co-Director, Soil4Climate

Our Contributors:

  • Michael Collins – Executive Director Americas, Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP)
  • Kirubel Tadele – Communications Officer, Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)
  • Jackie Milne – Founder and President, Northern Farm Training Institute (NFTI)
  • Dalmas Tiampati – Founder and Director, Maasai Centre for Regenerative Pastoralism
  • Paul Slomp – Owner, Grazing Days Farm
  • Mbarouk Omar – Executive Director, Community Forests Pemba
  • Eric Chaurette – Co-Manager, Inter Pares
  • Laurent Mascar Ngoma – Agro-environmentalist, Senior Independent UN Expert

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