UNGA 2019: Building resilience in the Sahel
CILSS Executive Secretary Djimé Adoum was a key speaker at an ODI side event at the 74th UN General Assembly (UNGA) on 25 September 2019 in New York. He talked about building resilience in the Sahel. The session highlighted Sahelian perspectives and focused on the role communities could play in building their own resilience to climate change, as well as possible practical steps to support their actions. According to projections, the Sahel might face temperature increases 1.5 times higher than the global average. Djimé Adoum highlighted the importance of supporting smallholder farmers and helping them cope with the consequences of climate change while also bringing more African perspectives into the global debate. Many good initiatives are already underway: ECOWAS launched the “West African Initiative for Climate Smart Agriculture,” and CILSS is coordinating the implementation of the AfDB-funded “Programme to Build Resilience to Food and Nutrition Insecurity in the Sahel” (P2RS) and the “Sahel Irrigation Initiative Support Project” (SIIP). Practical solutions promoting sustainable ecosystems exist, but they need to be scaled up.