Sowing the Seeds of Change: WE4F at COP28

As the countdown begins for the upcoming 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28), anticipation is building for a series of engaging sessions that promise to delve into the most pressing issues at the intersection of health, relief, recovery, energy, food, agriculture, industry, and water. This year’s COP28 is set to be a powerhouse of insights and discussions.

As part of WE4F’s mission to contribute to the global conversation surrounding the water-energy-food nexus, the program will attend and participate in select sessions over the course of the two weeks. View the schedule below to learn more which sessions will include WE4F team members and innovators.

Checking back in the coming days, as we may add additional sessions!    

December 3 

Transforming Drylands: Integrating Agriculture innovations towards achieving WEF Nexus for Climate 

Attendee: Sarah Dekhel 

Time: 15:30-16:30 

Location: CGIAR Food and Agriculture Pavilion

Zone: Blue

Join us for a captivating session on transforming drylands through the integration of agriculture innovations. Our MENA RIH Environment Specialist Sarah Dekhel will guide us through the crucial role of innovative practices in achieving the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus for Climate.

December 5 

Resilient Food Systems in a Climate-Constrained World

Attendee: Andre Hajjar (Go Baladi) 

Time: 17:00 – 18:00 

Location: CGIAR Food and Agriculture Pavilion 

Zone: Blue

Discover the pathways to resilient food systems as Andre Hajjar, founder of the Lebanese innovator Go Baladi, joins a discussion on water, food security, and nutrition in a climate-constrained world. Organized by the African Development Bank, this session promises valuable insights into research, innovations, and learnings for sustainable food systems.

December 10 

The WEFE Nexus: Towards a Resilient and Prosperous Future in the Era of Climate Change

Attendee: Aline Bussmann

Time: 9:30am-11am

Location: Morocco Pavillion

Zone: Blue Zone

The side-event aims to support the debate between national and international institutions on how the WEFE Nexus framework could enhance adaptation to climate change in the relevant sectors and ensure economic and social stability, while preserving the environment and ensuring sustainable development. The objective is to highlight these vital issues and promote an international dialogue that leads to concrete actions and financial commitments, with the vision of forging a sustainable and prosperous future for the international community.

Bridging the tech divide: empowering farmers through access to digital innovation

Attendee: Nicolas Farhat

Time: 10:45-11:35 

Location: Tech & Innovation Hub Event 

Zone: Green

Nicolas Farhat, the Water and Energy for Food Middle East and North Africa Regional Innovation Hub Manager, kicks off the day with a discussion on bridging the tech divide to empower farmers through access to digital innovation. Join us in the Green Zone for a morning filled with ground-breaking ideas and transformative discussions.

Panel Discussion: Agriculture Innovators from the MENA Region

Attendee: Hamza Rkha Chaham (SOWIT) 

Time: 13:00-14:00 

Location: Expo City Farm 

Zone: Green

Join Hamza Rkha Chaham, Co-founder of our Moroccan innovator SOWIT, for a captivating panel discussion on agriculture innovators from the MENA region. This session, set in the lush surroundings of Expo City Farm in the Green Zone, focuses on the challenges and triumphs of smallholder farmers and the critical topic of seed sovereignty.

AIM for Climate: Scaling Climate-Smart Agriculture and Food System Innovations

Attendee: Nicolas Farhat

Time: 16:30-18:00 

Location: Al-Waha Theater 

Zone: Blue

In the afternoon, Nicolas Farhat joins AIM for Climate at the Al-Waha Theater, exploring the scaling of climate-smart agriculture and food system innovations. Be part of this enriching dialogue that aims to shape the future of agriculture.