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A panel discussion on: Soil carbon sequestration and food security in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA): Synergies and Tradeoffs

We would like to cordially invite you to our upcoming event within the Community of Practice, which is jointly organized by the “4 per 1000” Initiative and GIZ Sector Project Soil Protection, Combating Desertification, Sustainable Land Management (SV Boden).

Date: 24th and 25th of March 2022

Time: 3 – 5pm CET

Venue: Microsoft Teams Link for the 24th (no registration needed)

Microsoft Teams Link for the 25th (no registration needed)

What to expect:

Carbon sequestration in nutrient-deprived agricultural soils in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) seems to hold a great potential to tackle two of the most pressing issues of our time: food insecurity and climate change. Carbon-rich soils increase the resilience of agricultural systems due to their improved water holding capacity, soil aggregation and nutrient supply and hence, contribute to food security. At the same time, carbon sequestration in soils is regarded as one important nature-based solution to mitigate climate change. Nevertheless, the concepts proposed by scientists, how to improve soil health and soil fertility vary widely, and significant discrepancies exists around the need for chemical inputs to quickly increase food and other biomass production. The different approaches might result in potential trade-offs between high levels of crop yields and carbon sequestration.

During the two panel discussions, we would like to have a closer look at different land management practices and their synergies and trade-offs regarding climate change mitigation and current and future food production.

During the first panel on the 24th of March, scientists from different disciplines introduce the scientific debate around the matter.

Moderation: Leigh Winowiecki (PhD), CIFOR/ICRAF, Kenya

15:00 – 15:15 CET Welcome and housekeeping:

Juliane Wiesenhütter, GIZ, Germany

Dr. Paul Luu, „4 per 1000“, France

15:15 – 16:15 CET Inputs by the panellists:

Rolf Sommer (PhD), WWF, Germany

Gatien Falconnier (PhD), CIRAD, France/Zimbabwe

Bernard Vanlauwe (PhD), IITA, Nigeria/Kenya

Lydie-Stella Koutika (PhD), CRDPI, Congo

Wellington Mulinge (PhD), KALRO, Kenya

16:15 – 16:50 CET Discussion and questions from the audience
16:50 – 17:00 CET Wrap up and Closing


The second panel on 25th of March focuses on the practitioners, land users’ and decision makers’ point of view.

Moderation: Niels Thevs, GIZ, Germany

15:00 – 15:15 CET Welcoming Words and short summary of Day 1
15:15  – 16:15 CET Inputs by the panellists

Pauline Chivenge, APNI, Morocco

Barbara Banda, NADPZ, Zambia

Francis Ngopola, Simpson Foundation, Malawi

Upendra Singh (PhD), ICDF

16:15 – 16:45 CET Discussion and questions from the audience
16:45 – 17:00 CET Wrap up and closing


Best wishes,

Juliane Wiesenhütter, Teamleader Sector Project Soil Protection, Combating Desertification, Sustainable Land Management


Dr. Paul Luu, Executive Secretary of the “4 per 1000” Initiative


This Climate-Soil Community of Practice (CoP) has been jointly launched by the “4 per 1000” Initiative on soils for food security and climate and the GIZ Sector Project Soil Protection, Combating Desertification, Sustainable Land Management (BMZ) in 2020.

The core concern of this Climate-Soil Community of Practice is to raise the awareness of the climate change mitigation and adaptation potential of sustainable land management and SOC enriching practices and identify concrete pathways for improvement and implementation.

The Climate-Soil Community of Practice (CoP) aims to disseminate information on successful projects in the area of SLM and carbon sequestration, highlight good practices for overcoming adoption barriers and strengthen the case for sustainable land management as a key to effective climate action. It provides a platform for collaboration and peer learning amongst its members and offers an open space for discussion and creative thinking.

Not a member yet? To register for the Climate-Soil CoP, please follow this link.