The Sahara Forest Project has joined the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA).
-The Sahara Forest Project is happy to join the alliance as their 130th member. It is important for us to take part in an alliance working to move the world of agriculture into a more climate smart direction, Magnus Borgen, Head of Communication said.
The first presentation of SFP and general interaction with the other members happened during the Annual Forum in Rome from June 14-17, as SFP presented the company and its efforts to GACSA members from different sectors.
The Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture is a voluntary, independent global alliance formed to bring together governments (from countries at all levels of development), businesses, farmers’ organizations, civil society groups, producer organizations, research institutions and intergovernmental entities to provide a broad, open and inclusive, platform focused on action, knowledge and practice sharing.
The platform was launched by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at UN Climate Summit in New York in September 2014.
More action-oriented direction
-It is a good time for SFP to join GACSA. The alliance is now entering into a more action-oriented direction, and we hope to be an example that can inspire other members with our knowledge and our results. Borgen said.
One of the most important challenges GACSA is working on at the moment is how it can push global decision makers to catalyse scale-up of Climate Smart Agriculture in all regions of the world and for all types and scales of agriculture.
-SFP finds it fruitful to be a part of community seeking to find and share solutions for food security, climate adaptation, and mitigation. This platform will be important for our international outreach and advocacy work, Borgen said.
GACSA is facilitated by UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
20+ nation states, incl. among others UK, US, Norway, Japan, Mexico, Spain, South Africa, Tanzania, Nigeria, Vietnam, France, Ireland and Netherlands.
Other notable members include African Union Commission, FAO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, CGIAR Consortium, Danone, Yara International, World Bank, World Food Programme, World Farmers Organisation.
For full list of members, please see: http://www.fao.org/gacsa/members/current-members/en/