PrAEctiCe project is funded by the HORIZON Europe programme under Grant Agreement number 101084248

PrAEctiCe at the 1st Eastern Africa Agroecology Conference

The 1st Eastern African Agroecology Conference was a four-day event that brought together experts, policymakers, farmers, and other stakeholders from 33 countries to discuss the future of sustainable food production and consumption. The conference was organised by the Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT). The conference featured keynote speeches, plenary sessions, and breakout sessions where participants discussed various agroecology-related topics.

Both Charles Gitau, Country Director, and Faith Njihia,Project Officer at Africa Agribusiness Academy (AAA), were present at the conference. The PrAEctiCe project partners and representatives shared their knowledge and valuable insights on the agricultural sector in Africa with peers. They also highlighted the AAA’s collaborative effort with the PrAEctiCe Project, which promotes sustainable agriculture in the region.

They participated in plenary session four on day two of the conference – The Agroecology Coalition: an opportunity to accelerate the necessary food system transformation. They emphasised the need for capacity building and knowledge sharing to enable farmers to adopt these practices and improve their livelihoods.

The Agroecology Coalition

The conference also showcased various agroecology projects from different countries, including regenerative agriculture, organic farming, and community seed banks. Participants had the opportunity to learn from each other and share their experiences in implementing agroecology practices. The conference emphasised the importance of gender and social equity in agriculture and highlighted the need for more women to participate in decision-making processes. It also stressed the importance of indigenous knowledge and traditional farming practices in promoting agroecology.

Overall, the conference successfully raised awareness and promoted agroecology as a solution for transforming the food system in East Africa and beyond.

Faith Nijhia, Africa Agribusiness Academy project officer
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