eMag – Ensuring local food security and sustainable resource management in Africa

March 2023 - How to ensure food security while promoting sustainable management of resources, particularly forests?

Publication date: 30/03/2023

In this issue:

The Observatory’s Lens


Agroecology: Reconciling traditional and new practices

« Africa is full of traditional practices that could be useful in changing the agricultural paradigm on the continent but they are either unknown or disappearing. »

Mélaine Assè Wassa Sama, Project Officer on Climate Action in Africa at Climate Chance, examines the oppositions and possible convergences between traditional practices and the new approaches of agroecology.


Sustainable local development and agroforestry

« Agroforestry that only considers short term economic issues does not allow communities to benefit from positive social and economic spin-offs. »

Marie-Ange Kalenga, Specialist in Natural Resources, Climate and Environmental Governance, explains the advantages and conditions of a beneficial agroecology for local and indigenous populations.

Special segment by Afrik 21


From One Forest Summit to the Three Forest Basins Summit

« The greatest challenge for forests in Africa is to reconcile the protection of the forest and the economic development of the countries. »

Afrik 21 journalist Boris Ngounou, who is specialised in sustainable development in Africa, shares the latest news on the preservation of biodiversity and forests, and keeps us up to date on the upcoming international events.

Best practices


Developing the honey value chain to conserve the forest

« Bee farming is seen as a masculine activity and we needed to find a way to include women in the process. »

Wirsiy Emmanuel Binyuy, Team Leader of CAMGEW presents an agroforestry project that implements a gender-based approach and highlights women’s economic independence through their participation in productive activities, such as bee farming, and access to microfinancing.


Agroecology, food security and conflict prevention in Niger

« First, we are strengthening the capacity of actors on different subjects: training in traditional practices of soil conservation and fertilization with organic and local products, training of women in production techniques and processing of agricultural products (flour, groundnut processing). »

Mahamadou Sanoussi Hassane, Director of the Fédération des Unions de Sociétés Coopératives du Niger Mooriben, presents agro-ecology projects for food security and conflict management.