Sustainable Land-Use and Agriculture
Restoration of Agricultural Landscapes and the Protection of Biodiversity and Ecosystems
The ACF’s entry point for sustainable agriculture is in the scaling of regenerative agriculture across the continent. Regenerative agriculture is an approach to farming that improves the soil conditions (increasing soil carbon and organisms) and produces nutritious food. These systems have the potential to sequester carbon, rehabilitate land, increase food production, create quality employment and make farming systems more economically resilient all while using less land to do it. To this end, we are working to not only support smallholder farmers in the scaling up of regenerative practices but are also enabling large scale industrial farmers to transition towards regenerative agriculture.
Farms are, however, part of a broader and diverse system of how food is produced and consumed. Our current food systems are vulnerable to shocks like COVID19 and climate change. They are also failing on several key sustainable development goals. Mere reforms in food systems have not had the desired effect of reducing food and nutrition insecurity, which is why food system transformation is required. Food system transformation addresses the root causes of food insecurity such as ensuring actors in the food system get fair incomes for their services, opportunities arise to engage in trade that meets domestic and international needs, and finance being directed to the places they’re most needed. It also means limiting the impact that economic and environmental shocks have on producers.
To this end, agroecology is the ACF’s point of entry in food system transformation. It is an approach that allows for custom made production systems to be used in transforming food systems.
Our Approach to Sustainability
Our programme activities include:
Evidence-based narrative building:
Supporting localised data and driving
evidence-based narratives around socio-economic benefits of clean energy;
supporting strategy development and coordination; delivering actionable
Providing targeted technical and institutional support to governments,
national and regional bodies.
Mobilisation and advocacy:
Coordinating multiple actors, including civil society
organisations, around clean energy opportunities and just transitions.
Coordinating philanthropic network:
Supporting the development of coordinated
strategies by the philanthropic community.