The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) has been supporting human capital development in soil science and related fields through regional training programmes and research grants. In the same vein, RUFORUM is participating in the development of an African Union Commission conceived Soil Initiative for Africa (SIA) spearheaded by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and the other CAADPXP4 agencies (AFAAS, ASARECA, CCARDESA and CORAF). SIA is Africa’s owned ambitious effort to improve the condition of the continent’s soils to bring our soils back. To further contribute to efforts to reclaim our agricultural lands and enhance their productivity, RUFORUM in partnership with the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) is organising a webinar “Bringing our soils back: Enhancing soil health and fragile ecosystems management in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa” to be held on 23rd to 24th November 2022 using the Zoom video conferencing platform. The event is being organized as part of World Soil Day celebrated worldwide on 5 December every year.
Objective of the webinar
This webinar will bring together leading academics, researchers and policy makers from the African continent and beyond with the aim to identify priority intervention areas, targeted stakeholders and the responsibility of the different actors in soil health and fragile ecosystems management in the Middle East and Africa.
Webinar approach and expected outcome
The webinar is conceived as a dynamic multi-stakeholder and multi-disciplinary forum aimed at deliberating the best approaches and strategies to manage soils and natural ecosystems for improving their productivity, enhancing food & nutrition security, and strengthening the resilience of communities and natural ecosystem in Africa and the Middle East.
The expected outputs and outcomes
- The updated status of the soil health and fragile ecosystem management in the Middle East and Africa;
- Lessons shared between scientists from the Middle East and Africa;
- Creation and strengthening of partnership between RUFORUM and ICBA on soil health and fragile ecosystem management training;
- A road map for reviving soil health and fragile ecosystem management training on the continent;
- Role that networks (e.g. RUFORUM, ICBA), universities and other actors need to play to revive soil health science and fragile ecosystem management training and extension.
- Increased visibility of soil health science, fragile ecosystem management research and development outputs from Africa;
- Improved methods for increasing the uptake of soil health and ecosystem management research results by other stakeholders (dissemination strategies);
- Reduce land and other natural resources degradation, increased soil productivity and improved food and nutrition security among smallholder farmers on the continent;
- Increased restored land and adoption of sustainable land management practices/technologies by farmers;
- Increased availability of raw materials for agri-food industries;
- Prevent displacement by improving preparedness and early warning systems for drought and other natural disasters;
Increased collaborative research between ICBA and RUFORUM member universities.
Dates: 23rd and 24th November 2022
Time: 15:00 PM to 18:30 PM (EAT)
Registration Link: https://bit.ly/3EpBF1d
There will be simultaneous translation in Arabic, English, French and Portuguese.