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1ST EAST AFRICA AGROECOLOGY CONFERENCE
EA-AGROECOLOGY-CONFERENCE
21-24
Mar

The Eastern Africa Ecological Organic Agriculture with its partners, are organizing the 1st Eastern Africa Agroecology Conference: Transforming Food Systems for Responsible Production, Consumption and Social wellbeing under the theme, Strengthening Resilience and Sustainability in Food Systems for Environmental and Socioeconomic Development. This conference aims to invoke consciousness and motivate regional and continental communities to dialogue on how to invest in interventions that can improve the negative impacts of the current unsustainable food systems by transitioning towards more environmentally friendly solutions with long-term vision and planning.

The magic bullet to transform a food system for responsible production, consumption and social wellbeing is integrating the law and human rights-based approach to promote agroecology. Diversified agroecological systems have proven to be more resilient to the changing global climatic conditions proven to be more productive in the long run compared to conventional agricultural methods.[1] However, at the epicenter of every sustainable transformation, there is the law and therefore legal interventions are paramount. The Center for Food and Adequate Living Rights (CEFROHT) has explored the interconnectedness through legal and policy research, community interventions and advocacy.

CEFROHT has particularly explored the relevance of building inclusive approaches to both duty bearers and rights holders to promote accountability, rule of law and legal empowerment to address the unequal power relations for a sustainable food transformation. The 1st Eastern Africa Agroecology Conference: Transforming Food Systems for Responsible Production, Consumption and Social wellbeing, is timely for CEFROHT to attend and demonstrate to the world the impact of the law and human rights to promote agroecology. This will also create an

opportunity for CEFROHT to showcase its unique interventions using the novel Human Rights (Enforcement) Act, 2019 to provide redress to human rights violations including land rights, especially for vulnerable persons like women for agroecology. CEFROHT’s major focus area shall be under the sub-theme, “Institutional and policy drivers for agroecology transformations.”

[1] Agroecology: is this a pathway towards Africa's food systems transformation? - Solidaridad Network