SP 2.2 From islands of innovation to a sea of change: how can we sustainably build resilient livelihoods and food security in the Sahel at scale

 Tuesday 10 May, 13.30 – 15.15, Goudriaan Room I

Community livelihoods and food security in the Sahel are heavily reliant on natural resources and especially wetlands. Climate change and large scale development investments in hydropower and irrigation mean that water insecurity looks set to increase, negatively impacting water reliant ecosystems and consequently community resilience. Rural communities will need to adapt and fast. There is a lot of innovation in this field but bringing this to scale and achieving real impact remain difficult. This session will explore the challenges and the roles and actions that government and the wider development community can undertake to help overcome them.

Organised by Chris Baker, Wetlands International
Partners Research Programme on Climate Change, Agricultural and Food Secturity (CGIAR), France
Partners for Resilience (Wetlands International; Netherlands Red Cross; Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre; Cordaid), the Netherlands
Chair Alain Vidal, Research Programme on Climate Change, Agricultural and Food Secturity (CGIAR), France
Rapporteur Frank van Weert, Wetlands International
Presentations

Climatic and environmental change scenarios across the Sahel
Chris Baker, Wetlands International

Case studies
Community-based innovations for food security in the Sahel
John van der Walle, CARE, the Netherlands

Decision support for rural communities in the Inner Niger Delta: the OPIDIN tool
Eddy Wymenga, Altenburg and Wymenga, the Netherlands

BioRights: an innovative financial tool for increasing community resilience
Ibrahima Sadio Fofana, Wetlands International

Farming for the future, communication efforts to advance family farming in Mali
Francois Laureys, ICT4D information and communication technologies for development, the Netherlands

Panel Discussion 1
Innovations for Sahelien rural community resilience and food security based on successful innovation case studies
John van der Walle, CARE, the Netherlands
Eddy Wymenga, Altenburg and Wymenga, the Netherlands
Ibrahima Sadio Fofana, Wetlands International
Francois Laureys, IICD, the Netherlands

Panel Discussion 2
Bringing innovation to scale overcoming challenges and capitalising on opportunities
Sasha Alexander, advisor to UNCCD, Germany
Pieter Terpstra, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands
Caroline Figueres, Netherlands Water Partnership, the Netherlands

HOSTS OF THE CONFERENCE