Food systems are a global and immediate priority in the context of climate change, health and resilience. This 3-day conference focuses on the future of food systems in Africa. The conference will explore the complexity, diversity and nutritional value of African food systems and launch an action plan and declaration for change for better food systems geared towards the general public and policymaking bodies including the African Union and the Regional Economic Communities. The first two days will focus on five thematic areas. On the third day, the participants will join with the participants of an organic agriculture conference which follows the food systems event. The combined participants on the third day will number between 400 – 500.
By Amandine Rushenguziminega
The first edition of the Université Populaire de l’Engagement Citoyen (Popular University of Citizens’ Engagement) was launched in Dakar, in July 2018, with the aim of bringing together social movements from the continent to reflect on Africa’s pressing challenges. Discussions turned around the legacy of Pan-Africanism, the political and economic challenges that Africa is currently facing and the need of greater solidarity between citizens. An official continental platform called “Afrikki Platform” has been launched at the end of the one-week event in order to coordinate the different social movements and be the focal point to contact when activists are in danger in order to create chains of solidarity and reactions.
- Bariton Lezabbey, Communications, and Research Intern
- Christiana Banzorwa, Grants, Monitoring and Evaluation Intern
- Chidinma Chinyere Mbaegbu, Executive Director, COLIDEIN
To understand the method used by COLIDEIN on mindset change and attitude reorientation as part of their community engagement strategy when implementing funded projects.
On Wednesday, June 27th, 2018 the Kiisi Trust Fund hosted the first ever Clean Air Summit in Port Harcourt, Rivers State in partnership with Environmental Rights Action, Centre for Human Rights and Development, Suburbia 180 Foundation, and Citizens Information and Development Initiative, with the aim of creating a template for a systematic, coordinated, result oriented and science-based approach to dealing with the black soot air pollution in Rivers state. Since 2016, residents of Port Harcourt, Eleme and other adjoining towns and villages in Rivers State, Nigeria have observed an increase in the daily blanketing of the atmosphere of an oily soot compound, causing serious source of concern to the 5 million people who reside in the state.
Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) in collaboration with House of Representatives Committee on Financial Crimes, Open Government Partnership (OGP) and Federal Ministry of Justice and with sponsorship from TrustAfrica held a 2 days leadership training workshop for legislators and staff of the House of Representatives Committee on financial crimes. The workshop held in Abuja between 31 July and 1 August 2018.
With TrustAfrica’s support, the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), organised a retreat for Nigerian legislators on NEITI process and remedial issues. The retreat held between 1 and 3 August 2018 at Protea hotel, Kuramo Waters, Lagos. The programme aimed at strengthening legislative engagements on the management and oversight of the extractive sector in Nigeria. It had in attendance members of civil society, legislative aids and legislators, including the Chairs of the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Upstream), Senate Committee on Federal Character & Inter-Governmental Relations, and House Committee Petroleum Upstream.