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Meeting of the Climate-Soil Community of Practice

Panel discussion: Soil carbon sequestration and food security in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA): Synergies and Tradeoffs

Carbon sequestration in nutrient-deprived agricultural soils in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) seems to hold a great potential to tackle two of the most pressing issues of our time: food insecurity and climate change. Carbon-rich soils increase the resilience of agricultural systems due to their improved water holding capacity, soil aggregation and nutrient supply and hence, contribute to food security. At the same time, carbon sequestration in soils is regarded as one important nature-based solution to mitigate climate change. Nevertheless, the concepts proposed by scientists, how to improve soil health and soil fertility vary widely, and significant discrepancies exists around the need for chemical inputs to quickly increase food and other biomass production. The different approaches might result in potential trade-offs between high levels of crop yields and carbon sequestration.

During the first panel on 24th of March (15:00-17:00 CET), scientists from different disciplines are invited to present and exchange their views, while the second panel on 25th of March (15:00-17:00 CET) focuses on the land users’ and decision makers’ point of view.

Please find more information and the link to follow the events here!

About the Climate-Soil Community of Practice:

This panel is organized by the Climate-Soil Community of Practice (CoP) which has been jointly launched by the “4 per 1000” Initiative and the GIZ Sector Project “Soil Protection, Combating Desertification, Sustainable Land Management” (BMZ) in 2020.

The core concern of this Climate-Soil Community of Practice is to raise the awareness of the climate change mitigation and adaptation potential of sustainable land management and SOC enriching practices and identify concrete pathways for improvement and implementation.

If you would like to find out more about the CoP and how to register, please have a look here!

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