The second Africa Ecosystem-based Adaptation for Food Security Conference (EBAFOSC) took place on 30-31 July 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya, with the theme: 'Re-imagining Africa food security through harnessing EbA now and into the future'. More than 1200 delegates from governments, research and policy institutions, civil society, the private sector and youth organizations attended the event.
EBAFOSC contributed to seven core objectives:
- harnessing EbA to protect and restore Africa’s ecosystems and contribute to a sustainable overall agricultural policy framework;
- building scalable and inclusive business models for EbA-driven agriculture that can create opportunities across the entire agricultural value chain;
- identifying scalable and innovative financing models for EbA-driven agriculture to stimulate growth, job creation and value chain partnerships;
- understanding the benefits of EbA in achieving the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
- identifying enabling policies and legislation that will incentivize countries to invest in agriculture, soil conservation and EbA;
- gaining knowledge on key agents that can help transform the dominant agricultural development paradigms towards EbA-driven agriculture in Africa; and
- developing strategies to incentivize private sector involvement in EbA-driven agriculture for increased capital mobilization and competitiveness.
EbA South, one of the EBAFOSC partners and donors, co-organized one of the interactive panel sessions, with the theme "South-South Cooperation on EbA".
EBAFOSC produced two main outcome documents:
- ‘The Nairobi Action Agenda on Africa’s Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security’; and
- Constitution establishing a new pan-African institution, the Ecosystem-based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA).