19 June 2018

South Africa: Agroecology Points the Way Towards Resilience Against Climate Change

Photo: Jeroen van Loon/Deutsche Welle
Maalim and other Kenyans believe camels will provide them food security in the future.
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The knowledge developed over centuries by indigenous people all over the world forms the basis of a new way of looking at the politics and production of food.

This week the water-stressed city of Cape Town hosted the bi-annual Adaptation Futures conference, where scientists, business leaders, and practitioners from the world of development and agriculture will come together to engage in "dialogues for solution" to the multifarious problems wrought by our rapidly changing climate.

As actors with different perspectives design modes of collaboration, the first questions to be raised are: who is at the dialogue table, who are the solutions for, who sets the terms, and what is at stake for whom? Knowledge producers and policymakers promote the uptake of ideas for societal change, yet it is worth noting that the inequality gap continues to grow as the economy is geared towards increasing wealth for the 1% of the world's population (Oxfam, 2017).

As the number of hungry people rises - 815 million according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture System (FAO) - we turn our attention to the dialogues on solutions for...

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