Advancing Climate Action and Inclusivity: Insights from Kenya’s Dialogue on Food Systems and NDC Development

Food systems play a crucial role in addressing global challenges such as climate change and biodiversity loss. It is integral in delivering the shared global agenda for Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Declaration on climate change, and the Montreal-Kunming Global Biodiversity Framework.

WWF, alongside Climate Focus, NDC partnerships, CGIAR, Agroecology Coalition, FAIRR, Biovision, and GIZ has developed a tool called Food Forward NDC to support countries in enhancing their agricultural and food-related ambitions outlined in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). The tool was launched during COP28 in Dubai and the UNEA meeting in Nairobi, with validation and dissemination efforts underway through dialogues across the globe. Here is the link to the tool

The inaugural dialogue took place in Naivasha, Kenya, from June 15th to 17th. As the Africa Centre for Sustainable and Inclusive Development (Africa CSID), we were actively involved in this significant event, representing one of the first participants in a series of global dialogues organized by the partner organizations.

This event holds particular significance as countries are preparing to submit their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) by 2025. Kenya, instead of updating its NDC, will be submitting a new one. NDCs represent 5 years Climate Action priorities of each state. During the dialogue, we conducted an in-depth exploration of the tool’s five intervention areas of food governance, food environment, food production, food supply chains, and food consumption, focusing on measures that are most relevant to Kenya. These insights will inform considerations for Kenya’s forthcoming new NDC submission.

We remain committed to actively participating in ongoing activities as we work towards contributing to the drafting of Kenya’s new NDC. Our efforts are driven by the well-being of the planet and that of Kenyans, with particular attention to marginalized gender groups and communities.

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