Global water crisis and future food security in an era of climate change has forced practitioners to focus on food policies that should serve humanity by advancing the humane goals of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. However, these goals have recently been challenged by emerging forces including climate change, water scarcity, the energy crisis as well as the credit crisis. This summit shall analyze the overall role of these forces and population growth in redefining national food and water security. Specifically, global water supply and demand as well as the linkages between water supply and food security.
The livelihoods of local communities in Kenya largely depend on access to, and protection of their natural resources, including water, soils and wildlife. When those resources are threatened, poverty grows. Rising temperatures, fluctuating rainy seasons and extreme weather events affect many in the region, especially those engaged in agriculture, fishing and pastoralism. These factors diminish incomes and impair access to food, health care, electricity, safe drinking water and sanitation services – undermining and potentially reversing counties’ development progress and the 8 priority areas of the AU 50th Anniversary Solemn Declaration, African Aspirations for 2063 and Regional and Continental Frameworks.
The summit recognizes that the water and food security situation is intricate and might get daunting if no action is taken. Investments are needed today for enhancing future food security. This requires action on several fronts including;
- tackling climate change,
- preserving land and conserving water,
- reducing the energy footprint in food systems,
- developing and adopting climate resilient varieties,
- modernizing irrigation infrastructure,
- shoring up domestic food supplies,
- reforming international food trade, and
- responding to other global challenges
Hosted by the International Centre for Social Economic Development (ICSED) and Panel of Eminent Experts, in the areas of focus, this year’s Summit is held under the theme:
The two-day program will address how a significant number of people countrywide are still vulnerable to food insecurity, jobs and broader economic opportunities due to climate forces.
For 10 years, the ICSED and Panel of Eminent Experts in the Region have been the leading independent platform bringing together humanitarian thought leaders, regional governments, NGOs, Civil Societies, aid agencies, the UN and donor organisations, and the private sector to establish collaborations, gain expertise and exchange experiences.
Building on our expertise in Water and Food Security in the helm of climate change, and developed in consultation with key government and county administration, our Water & Food Security Summit will unite 150 senior-level representatives from UN Agencies, NGOs, Investors and County Governments, agricultural associations and private sector partners, to explore closing gaps in Water and Food Security policy, best practice and donor collaboration in funding food security in the Horn of Africa. The event will identify solutions to overcome key barriers to food and water insecurity, provide a platform for information sharing from key policy makers and regulators, and showcase success stories from across the African region as a foundation for county projects funding.
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