The African Plant Nutrition Institute organized a workshop at the national level
As part of the Sustainable Agriculture Matrix (SAM) consortium funded by the Belmond Forum and led by the Center for Environmental Science at the University of Maryland, the African Plant Nutrition Institute (APNI) organized a workshop in Nairobi, to engage key stakeholders and partners to develop a narrative for the sustainability of maize-based food systems in Kenya.
The Sustainable Agriculture Matrix (SAM) is a framework recently developed by the Center for Environmental Science at the University of Maryland, USA, to measure the sustainability of agriculture and help accountable and transparent monitoring of SDGs. The SAM framework has 18 measurable indicators, based on three pillars of sustainability: economic, environmental and social. SAM aims to serve as a platform to initiate conversations between stakeholders involved in agriculture and to forge positive changes towards sustainability while avoiding unintended consequences.
To evaluate and further develop the SAM framework in socio-economic and environmental contexts, a group of multidisciplinary teams from six regions around the world came together to form the SAM Consortium. APNI is part of the SAM consortium and supports the evaluation of the SAM framework in Kenya, Ghana and Morocco.
In partnership with the University of Nairobi, APNI is working to engage key stakeholders to identify critical sustainability indicators that are relevant to maize-based food systems in the Kenyan context, and to suggest those that are missing in the current SAM framework.
Stakeholder engagement is conducted in a hybrid manner, first via a questionnaire that was sent out to gather information on current experience in various agricultural sustainability issues and how institutions or organizations approach agriculture sustainable. This survey was followed by today’s one-day face-to-face workshop which covered:
- Descriptions of SAM indicators, performance and historical trends
- Trade-offs and synergies
- Next steps
Another SAM workshop is scheduled for April 4and at the Izaak Walton Hotel in Embu, Kenya, which will focus on the sustainability of maize-based food systems in eastern Kenya.