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  •  The Federal Government is to partner with the World Bank to establish Agro Climate Resilience in Semi Arid Landscapes ACRESAL programme to remediate drylands and wetlands across the country The Minister of Environment Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi said this at the 16th meeting of National Council on Environment in Abuja on Thursday Abdullahi said that the effort would improve the semi arid areas in the country He said that the theme of the meeting was Pursuit of Zero Emission A Trajectory Towards Global Environment Renaissance Abdullahi said that the essence of the meeting was to have relevant stakeholders ideas and knowledge that would proffer solution to the environmental challenges He said that the ministry had commenced discussion on the establishment of National Institute of Environmental Studies to provide ideas in addressing environmental challenges According to him Nigeria has also assumed the leadership of the Pan African Great Green Wall PAGGW and that the essence is to address land degradation in the country He said that President Muhammadu Buhari was elected as the President of the Conference of Heads of State and Government for a two year term Accordingly Mr President is driving the funding initiative under the Great Green Wall GGW accelerator to fund each country s priorities Closely aligned to the objectives of the PAGGW is the need for a robust tree planting campaign The president launched the campaign on the sidelines of the PAGGW Council of Ministers Meeting on June 16 States are encouraged to drive their tree planting campaign so that collectively we can meet the 25 million trees target by 2023 There is no better time to reset our relation with nature than now he said Abdullahi said that the world was being confronted with enormous environmental challenges He called for urgent collective step up action by everyone irrespective of social status religion political leaning for drastic restoration of natural ecosystem The minister gave assurance that the government would continue to provide every necessary support required to ensure a successful journey to net zero emission Government is committed to ensure that we all live in harmony with nature and brighter hope of sustainable development he said The Representative of Food Agriculture Organisation FAO in Nigeria Mr Abubakar Suleiman said that the theme was a call for action to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emission Suleiman said that the signing of Climate Change Act into law by President Muhammadu Buhari would help Nigeria to achieve environmental sustainability goals The vision of Nigeria aligns with FAO global efforts in supporting its member countries in their efforts to climate change adaptation and mitigation working towards climate resilient and low emission agri food systems FAO over the last 40 years of establishing its country office in Nigeria has been providing support to government institutions and their partners within the framework of Nigeria Country Programming Framework CPF he said Dr Jean Bakole Country Representative and Regional Director United Nations for Industrial Development Organisation UNIDO said that the organisation was committed to supporting Nigeria in promoting sustainable industrial development He said that UNIDO was positioned to support member states in identifying and addressing emerging environmental issues Therefore UNIDO will continue to provide technical support to Nigeria on achieving a net zero status through the promotion of clean technology and renewable energy he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG partners with World Bank for land remediation
     The Federal Government is to partner with the World Bank to establish Agro Climate Resilience in Semi Arid Landscapes ACRESAL programme to remediate drylands and wetlands across the country The Minister of Environment Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi said this at the 16th meeting of National Council on Environment in Abuja on Thursday Abdullahi said that the effort would improve the semi arid areas in the country He said that the theme of the meeting was Pursuit of Zero Emission A Trajectory Towards Global Environment Renaissance Abdullahi said that the essence of the meeting was to have relevant stakeholders ideas and knowledge that would proffer solution to the environmental challenges He said that the ministry had commenced discussion on the establishment of National Institute of Environmental Studies to provide ideas in addressing environmental challenges According to him Nigeria has also assumed the leadership of the Pan African Great Green Wall PAGGW and that the essence is to address land degradation in the country He said that President Muhammadu Buhari was elected as the President of the Conference of Heads of State and Government for a two year term Accordingly Mr President is driving the funding initiative under the Great Green Wall GGW accelerator to fund each country s priorities Closely aligned to the objectives of the PAGGW is the need for a robust tree planting campaign The president launched the campaign on the sidelines of the PAGGW Council of Ministers Meeting on June 16 States are encouraged to drive their tree planting campaign so that collectively we can meet the 25 million trees target by 2023 There is no better time to reset our relation with nature than now he said Abdullahi said that the world was being confronted with enormous environmental challenges He called for urgent collective step up action by everyone irrespective of social status religion political leaning for drastic restoration of natural ecosystem The minister gave assurance that the government would continue to provide every necessary support required to ensure a successful journey to net zero emission Government is committed to ensure that we all live in harmony with nature and brighter hope of sustainable development he said The Representative of Food Agriculture Organisation FAO in Nigeria Mr Abubakar Suleiman said that the theme was a call for action to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emission Suleiman said that the signing of Climate Change Act into law by President Muhammadu Buhari would help Nigeria to achieve environmental sustainability goals The vision of Nigeria aligns with FAO global efforts in supporting its member countries in their efforts to climate change adaptation and mitigation working towards climate resilient and low emission agri food systems FAO over the last 40 years of establishing its country office in Nigeria has been providing support to government institutions and their partners within the framework of Nigeria Country Programming Framework CPF he said Dr Jean Bakole Country Representative and Regional Director United Nations for Industrial Development Organisation UNIDO said that the organisation was committed to supporting Nigeria in promoting sustainable industrial development He said that UNIDO was positioned to support member states in identifying and addressing emerging environmental issues Therefore UNIDO will continue to provide technical support to Nigeria on achieving a net zero status through the promotion of clean technology and renewable energy he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG partners with World Bank for land remediation
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    FG partners with World Bank for land remediation

    The Federal Government is to partner with the World Bank to establish Agro-Climate Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACRESAL), programme to remediate drylands and wetlands across the country.

    The Minister of Environment, Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi, said this at the 16th meeting of National Council on Environment, in Abuja on Thursday.

    Abdullahi said that the effort would improve the semi arid areas in the country.

    He said that the theme of the meeting was “Pursuit of Zero Emission, A Trajectory Towards Global Environment Renaissance”.

    Abdullahi said that the essence of the meeting was to have relevant stakeholders’ ideas and knowledge that would proffer solution to the environmental challenges.

    He said that the ministry had commenced discussion on the establishment of National Institute of Environmental Studies, to provide ideas in addressing environmental challenges.

    According to him, Nigeria has also assumed the leadership of the Pan African Great Green Wall (PAGGW), and that the essence is to address land degradation in the country.

    He said that President Muhammadu Buhari was elected as the President of the  Conference of Heads of State and Government for a two year term.

    “Accordingly, Mr President is driving the funding initiative under the Great Green Wall (GGW) accelerator to fund each country’s priorities.

    “Closely aligned to the objectives of the PAGGW is the need for a robust tree planting campaign.

    “The president launched the campaign on the sidelines of the PAGGW Council of Ministers Meeting on June 16. “States are encouraged to drive their tree planting campaign so that collectively we can meet the 25 million trees target by 2023. “There is no better time to reset our relation with nature than now,” he said.

    Abdullahi said that the world was being confronted with enormous environmental challenges.

    He called for urgent collective step-up action by everyone, irrespective of social status, religion, political leaning for drastic restoration of natural ecosystem.

    The minister gave assurance that the government would continue to provide every necessary support required to ensure a successful journey to net-zero emission.

    “Government is committed to ensure that we all live in harmony with nature and brighter hope of sustainable development,” he said.

    The Representative of Food Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Nigeria, Mr Abubakar Suleiman, said that the theme was a call for action to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emission.

    Suleiman said that the signing of Climate Change Act into law by President Muhammadu Buhari would help Nigeria to achieve environmental sustainability goals.

    “The vision of Nigeria aligns with FAO global efforts in supporting its member countries in their efforts to climate change adaptation and mitigation, working towards climate-resilient and low-emission agri-food systems.

    “FAO over the last 40 years of establishing its country office in Nigeria has been providing support to government institutions and their partners, within the framework of Nigeria Country Programming Framework (CPF),” he said.

    Dr Jean Bakole, Country Representative and Regional Director, United Nations for Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), said that the organisation was committed to supporting Nigeria in promoting sustainable industrial development.

    He said that UNIDO was positioned to support member states in identifying and addressing emerging environmental issues.

    “Therefore, UNIDO will continue to provide technical support to Nigeria on achieving a net-zero status through the promotion of clean technology and renewable energy,” he said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   A three day workshop bringing together people from 35 African countries charted the way forward for social protection initiatives in Africa and established a network of focal points to enhance the social protection work of the United Nations Agriculture Organization and Food FAO in Agrifood Systems and Africa s Agricultural Transformation The workshop has really put social protection at the forefront of the work we do in Africa to achieve an affordable healthy diet and will ultimately lead to better lives for the vulnerable communities we serve said Bintia Stephen Tchicaya Lead of the FAO Regional Social Protection Program at the end of the meeting held from June 27 to 29 in Nairobi This meeting convened by the FAO Regional Office for Africa brought together FAO Social Protection Focal Points from 35 African countries including social protection specialists from the FAO Regional Office and Headquarters for regional training planning strategy and exchange of knowledge and experiences on social protection Its objective was to raise awareness of regional priorities and initiatives on social protection and to share country experiences best practices and key knowledge from FAO products tools on social protection that will guide and strengthen social protection work society at the national and regional level Key results achieved This meeting was an opportunity to raise awareness and understanding of the Corporate Strategic Direction and Social Protection Initiatives as well as regional thematic priorities and to develop social protection action plans for 2022 23 Representatives from the 35 countries increased their awareness and understanding of the role of social protection linked to the FAO Strategic Framework and its role in achieving regional priorities for agricultural transformation They learned from country successes and best practices in social protection and improved their knowledge of the FAO tools available to strengthen social protection systems in countries and raise awareness of the importance of social protection for systems achievements agrifood Finally the meeting allowed the creation of teams the exchange of experiences and the development of a Regional Action Plan for FAO s social protection work in Africa 2022 2023 This has been a historic workshop for us in the Africa region and this is a journey for all of us for social protection in Africa and towards the Africa we want However I have one last request and that is to ask you to mobilize your country to ratify the AU Protocol on the Rights of Citizens to Social Protection and Social Security adopted by the African Heads of State in February this year Bintia said Stephen Tchicaya to all participants in summarizing the results of the meeting FAO has a key role to play in linking social protection with agriculture In several African countries populations face vulnerabilities due to climatic and man made disasters health epidemics food insecurity and conflict Coverage of the poor and vulnerable population by existing social protection systems especially those in rural areas remains low and with gaps in the system unable to adequately respond to unprecedented economic downturns and covariate shocks However the evidence shows that adequate social protection promotes inclusive growth and increases productivity and employability Social protection is becoming increasingly important in long term national development strategies FAO is building capacities to help governments and other stakeholders better respond to the needs and challenges of establishing inclusive and sustainable social protection systems that are synchronized with rural development policies and initiatives and respond to emergencies FAO fully committed to supporting Kenya in social protection interventions FAO in Kenya has collaborated with the Government on several programs interventions related to the extension of social protection for greater economic inclusion of the poorest and most vulnerable households in the rural economy As a member of the National Secretariat for Social Protection and the Committee for Social Protection and Children under the United Nations Development Assistance Framework UNDAF FAO continues to support government efforts to improve coordination mechanisms to achieve the objectives of the framework said Carla Mucavi FAO Representative in Kenya Representing the Permanent Secretary of the Department of State for Social Protection Elderly Affairs and Special Programs of Kenya Jane Muyanga thanked FAO and partners for their continued support and stated that this training will help optimize systems and regional and national social protection tools and learn from Kenya s experience in social protection and shared some key achievements He mentioned that FAO plays a crucial role in the social protection sector Food security remains a challenge for many of our vulnerable groups I am hopeful that in addition to ensuring households are food secure it is critical that beneficiaries are informed about their nutritional status and especially that of children Integration of social protection in all FAO activities Following this meeting all participants agreed among other things to help finalize a mandate for social protection focal points raise awareness and increase understanding of agri food systems transformation and design supporting programs and studies to provide policy evidence based tip I am happy that together we were able to achieve the results we had set for ourselves and that we were able to meet most of their expectations When they return to their respective countries their first action will be to brief their FAO Representatives as well as their project teams and programs on the regional action plan that we have developed which was based on its priority actions to comply with the Country Programming Framework CPF and the recommendations of the 32nd Regional Conference for Africa ARC32 Bintia Stephen Tchicaya said in his closing remarks
    Social protection focal points in FAO shared experiences during a regional training and strategic planning meeting in Nairobi
      A three day workshop bringing together people from 35 African countries charted the way forward for social protection initiatives in Africa and established a network of focal points to enhance the social protection work of the United Nations Agriculture Organization and Food FAO in Agrifood Systems and Africa s Agricultural Transformation The workshop has really put social protection at the forefront of the work we do in Africa to achieve an affordable healthy diet and will ultimately lead to better lives for the vulnerable communities we serve said Bintia Stephen Tchicaya Lead of the FAO Regional Social Protection Program at the end of the meeting held from June 27 to 29 in Nairobi This meeting convened by the FAO Regional Office for Africa brought together FAO Social Protection Focal Points from 35 African countries including social protection specialists from the FAO Regional Office and Headquarters for regional training planning strategy and exchange of knowledge and experiences on social protection Its objective was to raise awareness of regional priorities and initiatives on social protection and to share country experiences best practices and key knowledge from FAO products tools on social protection that will guide and strengthen social protection work society at the national and regional level Key results achieved This meeting was an opportunity to raise awareness and understanding of the Corporate Strategic Direction and Social Protection Initiatives as well as regional thematic priorities and to develop social protection action plans for 2022 23 Representatives from the 35 countries increased their awareness and understanding of the role of social protection linked to the FAO Strategic Framework and its role in achieving regional priorities for agricultural transformation They learned from country successes and best practices in social protection and improved their knowledge of the FAO tools available to strengthen social protection systems in countries and raise awareness of the importance of social protection for systems achievements agrifood Finally the meeting allowed the creation of teams the exchange of experiences and the development of a Regional Action Plan for FAO s social protection work in Africa 2022 2023 This has been a historic workshop for us in the Africa region and this is a journey for all of us for social protection in Africa and towards the Africa we want However I have one last request and that is to ask you to mobilize your country to ratify the AU Protocol on the Rights of Citizens to Social Protection and Social Security adopted by the African Heads of State in February this year Bintia said Stephen Tchicaya to all participants in summarizing the results of the meeting FAO has a key role to play in linking social protection with agriculture In several African countries populations face vulnerabilities due to climatic and man made disasters health epidemics food insecurity and conflict Coverage of the poor and vulnerable population by existing social protection systems especially those in rural areas remains low and with gaps in the system unable to adequately respond to unprecedented economic downturns and covariate shocks However the evidence shows that adequate social protection promotes inclusive growth and increases productivity and employability Social protection is becoming increasingly important in long term national development strategies FAO is building capacities to help governments and other stakeholders better respond to the needs and challenges of establishing inclusive and sustainable social protection systems that are synchronized with rural development policies and initiatives and respond to emergencies FAO fully committed to supporting Kenya in social protection interventions FAO in Kenya has collaborated with the Government on several programs interventions related to the extension of social protection for greater economic inclusion of the poorest and most vulnerable households in the rural economy As a member of the National Secretariat for Social Protection and the Committee for Social Protection and Children under the United Nations Development Assistance Framework UNDAF FAO continues to support government efforts to improve coordination mechanisms to achieve the objectives of the framework said Carla Mucavi FAO Representative in Kenya Representing the Permanent Secretary of the Department of State for Social Protection Elderly Affairs and Special Programs of Kenya Jane Muyanga thanked FAO and partners for their continued support and stated that this training will help optimize systems and regional and national social protection tools and learn from Kenya s experience in social protection and shared some key achievements He mentioned that FAO plays a crucial role in the social protection sector Food security remains a challenge for many of our vulnerable groups I am hopeful that in addition to ensuring households are food secure it is critical that beneficiaries are informed about their nutritional status and especially that of children Integration of social protection in all FAO activities Following this meeting all participants agreed among other things to help finalize a mandate for social protection focal points raise awareness and increase understanding of agri food systems transformation and design supporting programs and studies to provide policy evidence based tip I am happy that together we were able to achieve the results we had set for ourselves and that we were able to meet most of their expectations When they return to their respective countries their first action will be to brief their FAO Representatives as well as their project teams and programs on the regional action plan that we have developed which was based on its priority actions to comply with the Country Programming Framework CPF and the recommendations of the 32nd Regional Conference for Africa ARC32 Bintia Stephen Tchicaya said in his closing remarks
    Social protection focal points in FAO shared experiences during a regional training and strategic planning meeting in Nairobi
    Africa3 months ago

    Social protection focal points in FAO shared experiences during a regional training and strategic planning meeting in Nairobi

    A three-day workshop bringing together people from 35 African countries charted the way forward for social protection initiatives in Africa and established a network of focal points to enhance the social protection work of the United Nations Agriculture Organization and Food (FAO) in Agrifood Systems and Africa's Agricultural Transformation.

    “The workshop has really put social protection at the forefront of the work we do in Africa to achieve an affordable healthy diet and will ultimately lead to better lives for the vulnerable communities we serve,” said Bintia Stephen Tchicaya, Lead of the FAO Regional Social Protection Program at the end of the meeting held from June 27 to 29 in Nairobi.

    This meeting convened by the FAO Regional Office for Africa brought together FAO Social Protection Focal Points from 35 African countries, including social protection specialists from the FAO Regional Office and Headquarters for regional training, planning strategy and exchange of knowledge and experiences. on social protection.

    Its objective was to raise awareness of regional priorities and initiatives on social protection, and to share country experiences, best practices and key knowledge from FAO products/tools on social protection that will guide and strengthen social protection work. society at the national and regional level.

    Key results achieved

    This meeting was an opportunity to raise awareness and understanding of the Corporate Strategic Direction and Social Protection Initiatives as well as regional thematic priorities and to develop social protection action plans for 2022-23. Representatives from the 35 countries increased their awareness and understanding of the role of social protection linked to the FAO Strategic Framework and its role in achieving regional priorities for agricultural transformation. They learned from country successes and best practices in social protection and improved their knowledge of the FAO tools available to strengthen social protection systems in countries and raise awareness of the importance of social protection for systems achievements agrifood. Finally, the meeting allowed the creation of teams, the exchange of experiences and the development of a Regional Action Plan for FAO's social protection work in Africa 2022-2023.

    “This has been a historic workshop for us in the Africa region and this is a journey for all of us for social protection in Africa and towards the Africa we want. However, I have one last request, and that is to ask you to mobilize your country to ratify the AU Protocol on the Rights of Citizens to Social Protection and Social Security adopted by the African Heads of State in February this year” Bintia said. Stephen Tchicaya to all participants in summarizing the results of the meeting.

    FAO has a key role to play in linking social protection with agriculture

    In several African countries, populations face vulnerabilities due to climatic and man-made disasters, health epidemics, food insecurity, and conflict. Coverage of the poor and vulnerable population by existing social protection systems, especially those in rural areas, remains low and with gaps in the system unable to adequately respond to unprecedented economic downturns and covariate shocks. However, the evidence shows that adequate social protection promotes inclusive growth and increases productivity and employability. Social protection is becoming increasingly important in long-term national development strategies. FAO is building capacities to help governments and other stakeholders better respond to the needs and challenges of establishing inclusive and sustainable social protection systems that are synchronized with rural development policies and initiatives and respond to emergencies.

    FAO fully committed to supporting Kenya in social protection interventions

    FAO in Kenya has collaborated with the Government on several programs/interventions related to the extension of social protection for greater economic inclusion of the poorest and most vulnerable households in the rural economy. As a member of the National Secretariat for Social Protection and the Committee for Social Protection and Children (under the United Nations Development Assistance Framework UNDAF). "FAO continues to support government efforts to improve coordination mechanisms to achieve the objectives of the framework," said Carla Mucavi, FAO Representative in Kenya.

    Representing the Permanent Secretary of the Department of State for Social Protection, Elderly Affairs and Special Programs of Kenya, Jane Muyanga thanked FAO and partners for their continued support and stated that this training will help optimize systems and regional and national social protection tools and learn from Kenya's experience in social protection and shared some key achievements:

    He mentioned that FAO plays a crucial role in the social protection sector. “Food security remains a challenge for many of our vulnerable groups. I am hopeful that in addition to ensuring households are food secure, it is critical that beneficiaries are informed about their nutritional status and especially that of children.”

    Integration of social protection in all FAO activities

    Following this meeting, all participants agreed, among other things, to help finalize a mandate for social protection focal points, raise awareness and increase understanding of agri-food systems transformation, and design supporting programs and studies to provide policy evidence-based. tip. "I am happy that together we were able to achieve the results we had set for ourselves and that we were able to meet most of their expectations. When they return to their respective countries, their first action will be to brief their FAO Representatives as well as their project teams and programs, on the regional action plan that we have developed, which was based on its priority actions to comply with the Country Programming Framework (CPF) and the recommendations of the 32nd Regional Conference for Africa (ARC32)”, Bintia Stephen, Tchicaya said in his closing remarks.