Side event at UNCCD COP15: Integrated approaches for sustainable land management in sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia


14 May 2022


Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire


Jonky Tenou (IFAD)
Rodrigo Ciannella (ICRAF)

The International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and its partners including World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT), French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), World Food Programme (WFP) and CIFOR-ICRAF are hosting a side event at the fifteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. 

Case studies from three Resilient Food Systems (RFS) programme countries (Nigeria, Senegal and Burundi) and from IFAD projects in Cambodia will demonstrate emerging lessons on integrated sustainable land and water management, and payments for ecosystem services in subsistence farming.  

The side event will be an interactive session moderated to create an opportunity for the exchange of insights, lessons learnt and successful implementation practices. The session will provide an opportunity to galvanise potential collaboration across the programmatic implementation under the thematic areas of UNCCD COP15 such as ‘Land. Life. Legacy: From scarcity to prosperity.’ 

The panel will reflect upon the main challenges in addressing Land Degradation Neutrality in the smallholder farming for rural transformation in Africa and Asia, as well as critical changes that need to be made to build smallholder farmers' resilience on the continent, including a discussion on concrete examples of how this is being done in different contexts and the most relevant lessons emerged so far. 


  • Ms Janie Rioux, Senior Technical Specialist, ECG/HQ 

Keynote Speaker 

  • Mr. Jonky Tenou, RFS Task Manager, IFAD 


  • Ms. Rhoda Dia, Project coordinator (Nigeria) 
  • Mr. Salvator Ndabirorere, Project coordinator (Burundi) 
  • Ms. Maam Suwadu Sakho Jimbira, Environment and Climate Programme Officer, IFAD/ECG (Senegal) 
  • Dr. Vang Seng UNCCD STC for Cambodia 
  • Ms. Delphine Dechaux Chief of the Livelihoods, Assets, and Resilience Unit WFP/HQ 
  • Mr. Tamsir Mbaye Coordinator of Pastoralism and Dry Zones Unit, Researcher, CIRAD 
  • Mr. Patrick Teixeira, Director a.i.- Regional Centre of Excellence against Hunger & Malnutrition 
  • Dr. Fergus Sinclair Chief Scientist, CIFOR-ICRAF 
  • Ms. Asha Bobb-Semple Environmental Specialist, Land Degradation Focal Area, GEF Secretariat 

Watch the session here:


11:30 – 11:35

Introduction of event themes and objectives - Ms. Janie Rioux

11:35 – 11:45

Keynote speech: overview on RFS in large-scale transformation agenda in Africa (10 min) - Mr. Jonky Tenou

11.45 – 12:30

Session 1: Country case studies

Nigeria (10 mins) - Ms. Rhoda Dia

Burundi (10 mins) - Mr. Salvator Ndabirorere

Senegal (10 mins) - Ms. Suwadu Sakho Jimbira

Q&A (15 mins)

12:30 – 13:25

Session 2: Panel Discussion


  • Dr. Vang Seng, UNCCD STC for Cambodia (WOCAT)

  • Ms. Delphine Dechaux, Chief of the Livelihoods, Assets and Resilience Unit WFP

  • Mr. Tamsir Mbaye, Coordinator of Pastoralism and Dry Zones Unit, CIRAD

  • Mr. Patrick Teixeira, Director a.i.- Regional Centre of Excellence against Hunger & Malnutrition

  • Ms. Asha Bobb-Semple, Environmental Specialist, Land Degradation Focal Area, GEF Secretariat

Moderator - Ms. Janie Rioux

13.25 – 13:30

Synthesis and Closing Remarks - Dr. Fergus Sinclair

Event Resources

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