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AgroEcological Food Systems

Managing the complexities farming communities face in North Africa requires more diverse and resilient food systems. 

Greater ecological biodiversity can build long-term soil fertility, sustain yields over time, and keep carbon in the ground. Increased nutrition can consequently improve health and better feed a global population of 10 billion people. And revitalizing rural heritage through business innovation can diversify income streams, uncover alternative market sources, and enhance livelihoods.

Transitioning towards more ethical, agro-ecological systems, however, cannot flourish without coordinated action and knowledge creation. Civil society, enterprises, politicians, academic institutions, and local communities must together rebuild a fundamentally different model of production that enables vibrant, unique, and culturally relevant food systems. At the farm level, it requires reinforcing on-farm capacities, diversifying economic activities, and developing social protection systems. At the technical and policy level, it means managing non-climate stressors. And at the international level, it means bringing together local and global actors for dynamic exchange of diverse priorities and practices.

Youth, at the forefront of these changes, are well-placed to become leaders in shifting production and consumption patterns, building hopes for rural futures, and reversing the aging of rural communities. ICT-savvy, they can guide communities in strengthening knowledge, brokering new ideas, and dialoguing around community-based adaptation. They can help stimulate food innovation, integrating solidarity enterprises within the new economy and making these attractive options for the young workforce. And they can capture food and farming traditions, document local experiences, and embed rural initiatives within international discourses around climate change resilience to help forge and scale more biodiverse, resilient systems.

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