A few weeks ago, the third edition of the Journées africaines de la transition écologique et du changement climatique (JFAC 2021) took place from October 21 to 23 in Abidjan. The JFCA, or the international days for ecological transition and climate change, are part of the framework of the international fair for ecological transition. The event was organised by the African Network of Experts on Forestry, Agriculture and Climate Change (REFACC) and sponsored by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Côte d’Ivoire.
As the first West African forum for the exchange and marketing of good ecological practices and green technologies, JFAC is intended to be a framework for exchange. By serving as a platform for stakeholders to share their experiences and expertise and gear up for the fight against climate change, the forum launches West Africa’s movement for a dynamic, sustainable environmental transition.
The African continent is home to many biodiversity hotspots, but unfortunately those areas are experiencing an increasing degradation of their natural resources. Additionally, African youth are impacted by a lack of job opportunities. To explore these issues, JFAC 2021’s theme addressed the ecological transition and development of African territories, as well as green job opportunities for young people in rural areas.
Two West African innovative organizations share their experiences
During the event in Abidjan, WE4F participated in a panel on “Agriculture and climate change: How to produce without destroying,” sharing our expertise on digital innovations. The panel also featured Agri’Ub and ONG350 Côte d’Ivoire, two innovative organizations with which WE4F partners. By highlighting both organizations’ work on agroecology, WE4F was able to show real technical solutions that are supported by practical experience.
The national and regional visibility offered by JFAC 2021 is crucial for West Africa RIH’s support of innovative and climate-friendly solutions that impact the water-energy-food nexus. Especially Agri’Ub and ONG350 Côte d’Ivoire, which benefited from promoting their techniques and networking with other innovative organizations.
Our West Africa Regional Innovation Hub is happy to have had the chance to participate in this event with its partners and is already impatiently looking forward to the next edition next year!
About the author:
Apolline Roland, West Africa Regional Innovation Hub, Assistant Communication
Apolline studies an international Master in the UK and in Spain and supports the West Africa Hub in their entire communication. She wrote this article together with Yannick Aka who is an Advisor for Communication and M&E in the West Africa Hub. For further questions on this article please contact Yannick Aka.