Strategies for Achieving Environmental Safeguards

STRATEGIES FOR ACHIEVING ENVIRONMENTAL SAFEGUARDS TO ENHANCE COMMUNITY-LEVEL FOOD SECURITY IN THE AFRICAN CONTEXT

Tuesday, 19 November, 2013

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Presenters:  Emily Kunen, Post-Crisis Environmental Advisor, DCHA, USAID; Moderator:  Tom Remington, Agriculture Advisor for Africa, Catholic Relief Services

Climate variability and change, environmental degradation and natural disasters pose increasing challenges to achieving food security and sustainable development goals, particularly in resource-poor environments like the Sahel.  With the systematic integration of environmental safeguards into food security projects, overall resilience of natural systems and communities can be enhanced and disaster risk reduced.  In this interactive session, we exchanged ideas on safeguarding and sustaining environmental resources and health through discussion of (1) field-level strategies and tools for improved environmental monitoring and (2) sustaining environmental safeguards beyond a project time frame. This session drew on participants’ rich experiences in existing USAID Food Assistance projects to identify successful management and social-behavioral approaches as well as specific best practices in environmental management.

In a group discussion, participants shared the areas in which they think we should plan social and behavioral changes for environmental sustainability:

●   Aflatoxin

●   Fortification of food analysis

●   Reforestation

●   Use of good varieties

●   Use of different levels of fertilizer

●   Use of pesticides

●   Integration of project programming and monitoring

●   Separate budget for environmental safeguards

●   Bio-degradable bags

●   Budget for mitigation actions

●   Proper monitoring

●   Drainage

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