JVE Togo held the first African Youth Forum on agroecology and food sovereignty, mobilizing stakeholders, to address the alarming need for an Africa free from any food dependency and resources grabbing.

To achieve this, environmentalists, climate change activists, farmers and agropreneurs during the 13th cultural biodiversity week celebrated Sept 23rd – Oct 2nd, 2016 in Kpele Tsiko –Togo themed “Achieve food sovereignty in Africa through agroecology: dispositions, challenges and opportunities”, expressed the need for an integrated approach in doing agriculture across Africa.

The program, which was organised under bio diverse habitats, brought together youth and key stakeholders from across Africa especially west Africa to meet and talk about various issues that affect them. Particularly, climate change, food sovereignty, food security, agroforestry and youth entrepreneurship featured extensively.

The discussions that ensued from sessions explained that, agroecology when practiced will preserve the ecosystem, inject organic fertilizer into the soil and reduce degradation to yield quality production and lead to overall food sovereignty and good health of nations especially women and children.

I was impressed by all the sessions, but talks on food security and food sovereignty impressed me more. Having offered a feminist perspective to the discussion in order to make sure that it was all inclusive, I was certain special attention will be given to women farmers.

Consequently, participants called for the practice of agroecology – growing crops and rearing farm animals in a manner that sustains the ecosystem. This was considered as a better alternative to mainstream agriculture as more light was cast on the increasing effects of climate change, its impact on agriculture and the threat it poses to the current global population and the earth itself.