Asian and African pastoralists to speak at COP26 IFAD Pavilion

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 GLASGOW – Pastoralists and young rural entrepreneurs from six different Asian and African countries will be at COP26 in person and virtually to share their experiences in managing their ecosystems and to advocate for investments to stimulate green jobs and climate adaptation. 

 They are the most vulnerable to climate change, but rural people who live off the land are developing their own solutions to adapt, better manage natural resources and mitigate emissions. However, too often they lack the investments and policies to implement and scale up their ideas. 

 Last week, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) warned that COP26 will fail to achieve a lasting impact if world leaders continue to neglect investments in climate adaptation. IFAD made a strong call for substantial funding to ensure the survival of rural small-scale farmers.

 The first event, titled ‘Climate change response through green jobs for youth’ is on Friday from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. GMT.

 The green economy is a large reservoir of potential jobs for rural youth, but too few engage in the sector. The event will look at conditions that enable or constrain youth to participate in the green economy and how their voice - still largely absent - can contribute to policy discussions and programming to stimulate the growth of the sector. Two young African entrepreneurs are participating virtually: 

 Noel Nizeyimana (Rwanda), founding member of Greencare Rwanda organic fertilizers and ecological pavers and bricks producer will be the English speaker, while Chantal Adiko (Benin), founder of Africa Compost which produces organic fertilizers will be the French speaker.

 Later on Friday, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. GMT, the IFAD Pavilion will host ‘Recipes for Change’ by British TV weather presenter Clare Nasir and New York-based chef Pierre Thiam. They will cook traditional recipes with ingredients that are threatened by climate change.  

Nasir and Thiam will talk about their visits to Nepal and Chad where key ingredients of traditional recipes are under threat.

 On Saturday, from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. GMT, there will be a presentation called ‘Sustainable pastoralism for climate change mitigation, ecosystem restoration and resilient food systems.’ Sustainable pastoralism generates wealth at the cost of none and to the benefit of all. Recognising the value of people and livestock mobility is essential to maintain healthy rangelands, and the resilience of both livelihoods and ecosystems in the face of climate change. Four representatives of pastoralist communities, including a woman pastoralist from Mali, will participate in person. 

 With more than 30 interactive events hosted at its pavilion from 3 to 11 November, IFAD is bringing the voices, experiences and solutions of small-scale producers to COP26, and will highlight how they can adapt to a changing climate. 

 In-person and virtual tickets to attend the events can be reserved on the IFAD website.