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Africa’s Climate Emergency: A Call for Adaptation and Resilience Through Agroecology to COP27 and Beyond

We are small-scale food producers, youth, women, academics, environmentalists and scientists, part of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa, the continent’s largest civil society movement representing 200 million small-scale farmers, fisherfolk, pastoralists, consumers, religious groups and indigenous peoples. We met in Addis Ababa from 19th to 21st September 2022 to dialogue on Africa’s roadmap to adaptation through agroecology and now issue this call to action to COP27 and beyond.

We demand that COP27 put agroecology at the centre of Africa’s climate adaptation, creating resilience for Africa’s small-scale farmers, fishers, pastoralists, indigenous communities and their food systems.

Africa is suffering the effects of the climate emergency every day. Rising temperatures, floods, storms, droughts and depleted lands impact small-scale food producers across Africa first and worst. Forced to adapt to sustain livelihoods and feed families, we are met with negligible support or access to climate finance.