Against a backdrop of volatile food prices and increasing climate variability, more and more people are paying attention to the relationship between a healthy environment and resilient farmland. From policy makers to private investors, from researchers to smallholder farmers, many are looking for better ways to increase food security in a changing climate. Organizers of a three-day Investment Forum in Nairobi on May 25-27 are hoping these groups will focus their eyes on trees – trees in productive landscapes that can help achieve the ‘triple win’ of increased productivity, climate resilience and carbon capture, in ways that benefit smallholder farmers.
About 100 people representing farms, businesses, investment firms, research centers, NGOs and development organizations will convene in Nairobi for an Investment Forum devoted to Mobilizing Private Investment in Trees and Landscape Restoration in Africa. The event will be hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre, in a unique partnership with IUCN, the World Bank, EcoAgriculture Partners, PROFOR and TerrAfrica. The keynote address will be delivered by Stanislas Kamanzi, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources in Rwanda, a country which has launched an ambitious forest landscape restoration program and is committed to reversing the current degradation of its soil, water, land and forest resources by 2035. Read full press release from CIFOR