Vi-skogen talade till delegater i FN-mötet Stockholm +50

Monica Nderitu arbetar som miljö- och klimatrådgivare på Vi-skogens regionkontor i Nairobi, Kenya. Hon är denna vecka i Stockholm med anledning av FN-mötet. Foto Malin von Strauss.

Idag fick Vi-skogens miljö- och klimatrådgivare Monica Nderitu chans att tala till delegater från hela världen på FNs miljö- och klimatmöte Stockholm +50. Här är vad hon sa:

”The theme of Stockholm +50 is a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – a statement Vi Agroforestry stands behind. Our planet and its people are facing many challenges. Poverty, pandemics, war and not least the climate crisis. Those who have contributed the most to the climate crisis must take the greatest responsibility for solving it – although we will all have to work together.

We would like to present the unsung hero of the future – the smallholder farmer. Over 80 % of the world’s 600 million farms use an area of less than 2 ha, but still contribute to about 30 % of the world’s food production. Assisting these farmers to farm sustainably, and apply agroecological principles such as agroforestry, is the future.

By upscaling agroforestry, you create green job opportunities in agriculture (which is a big field of employment currently in decline but with the possibility to turn the trend around and recruit especially the youth). Remember, there will always be a need for growing food – and growing it sustainably is necessary! Stable income all year around is necessary to enhance social protection – which a diversified farming like agroforestry can offer.

We also need to make sure our unsung hero – the smallholder farmer – receives support to deal with the effects of the climate crisis. International development assistance levels must remain at their current levels – if not increasing. And climate finance must remain a priority and be additional. Climate finance should be directed to sustainable agriculture with the aim to fund a green and fair transformation of global food systems.

In short, we need to change mindsets. We need to value climate justice, equity, and resilience more.”

Monica Nderitu arbetar som miljö- och klimatrådgivare på Vi-skogens regionkontor i Nairobi, Kenya. Hon är denna vecka i Stockholm med anledning av FN-mötet för att påtala att mer pengar behövs till klimatfinansiering – särskilt riktat till småskaliga bönder och hållbart jordbruk som agroekologi och agroforestry. FN-mötet Stockholm +50 pågår 2-3 juni 2022. För mer uppdateringar om Vi-skogens engagemang, följ oss gärna på Twitter.

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Åsa Ljusenius