Do climate change and land degradation accelerate child malnutrition?


Climate change and land degradation are global challenges that affect communities, ecosystems, and economies. But how do these environmental issues impact the most vulnerable among us—our children?

Join us for a thought-provoking event where we delve into the critical question: "Do Climate Change and Land Degradation Accelerate Child Malnutrition?"

Key Topics to be Explored:

🌿 🥗 The Nexus Between Climate Change and Child Nutrition: Understand the interconnectedness of climate change, agriculture, and child nutrition. How do extreme weather events, shifting agricultural patterns, and water scarcity impact the availability and quality of food for children?

⛰ 🍽 Land Degradation and Food Security: Explore how land degradation affects soil quality and agricultural productivity, potentially leading to food scarcity and malnutrition in children.

👥 🥦 Vulnerable Communities: Examine the communities most at risk, particularly in regions where climate change and land degradation already impact livelihoods and food sources.

⁉ Solutions and Resilience: Discuss strategies for building resilience in vulnerable communities and mitigating the impact of climate change and land degradation on child malnutrition.

🌐 🗺 Global Initiatives: Learn about efforts and best practices to combat these challenges and how we can contribute to a healthier and more sustainable future for our children.

This event brings together the opportunity to converse with experts to understand possible actionable solutions.


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Olumide Idowu, Co-founder International Climate Change Development Initiative, Nigeria

Olumide IDOWU is a climate change activist from Nigeria. He promotes environmental awareness and a balanced approach to the growth and protection of the environment. He is concerned about development, climate change and environmental protection. His conservation work is spread over a variety of venues. He has actively participated in climate change activism for the past 12 years. He is strategically positioned to engage younger and older generations through his active engagement in climate change organizations and social media, where he is known as 'Mr. Climate.'He has led culturally and nationally diverse teams working with corporations and the media. He's participated in social change campaigns, coached others, and worked as a strategist for various corporate and governmental organizations.Olumide IDOWU is a co-founder of the International Climate Change Development Initiative. This non-governmental organisation aims to produce climate-smart generations throughout Africa while tackling development disparities. He also serves as the UNDP Small Grants Program's Youth Focal Point in Nigeria, the Youth Lead Author of the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO6) and the Executive Coordinator of the African Youth Initiative on Climate Change. He is a former Atlas Corps Fellow and an alumnus of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) in the United States.

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Neema Lugangira, Member of Parliament Tanzania & Founder of Agri Thamani 

Hon. Neema Lugangira (MP) is a Member of Parliament in Tanzania who brings forward extensive
experience and a successful track record in championing policy advocacy and legislative reforms
across different sectors. As a Parliamentarian, her personal prioritised agendas include food
systems, nutrition and climate action, digital inclusion and development, global and community
health, gender equality in politics and digital democracy (incl. election observation) in Tanzania
and across Africa.

She also serves as the Chair of the African Parliamentary Network on Internet Governance
(APNIG) and the Chair of the Tanzania Chapter of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank
and International Monetary Fund.

At the national level, Hon. Lugangira is the Founder of two NGOs: Agri Thamani, which is committed
to end malnutrition through nutrition advocacy, improve community nutrition in schools,
elderly & hospitals; strengthen food systems and climate action; and Omuka Hub, which is
focused on accelerating digital Tanzania through digital inclusion & development, digital rights &
democracy, and digital advocacy with a special focus on peripherals.

Whilst Internationally, Hon. Lugangira is a Member of the Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group of
the United National Internet Governance Forum; the International Parliamentary Network on
Education (IPNEd) Regional Representative for Africa; the UNITE – Global Parliamentarians
Network for Global Health; Global Co-Chair of the Global Parliamentary Group to Combat
Neglected Tropical Diseases, Vital Voices Fellow; WSIS Gender Trendsetter for Advancing Digital
Gender Inclusion; and Host to the soon-to-be launched Neema Lugangira Podcast discussing all
things development related to her above-mentioned personal priority agendas.


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Mindy Lull, PhD, Direction of Research, Global Volunteers

Mindy Lull, Ph.D. serves as the Director of Research at Global Volunteers, a United States-based non-profit that seeks to wage peace and promote justice through community development partnerships engaging short-term volunteers.  She leads the organization’s research related to the Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) program, a comprehensive program seeking to eliminate stunting through a child-focused, parent-driven, family-centred, and community-led comprehensive effort focused on the first 1,000 days of life.  Mindy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from St. John Fisher University and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Pennsylvania State University.  Before joining Global Volunteers as a staff member in 2023, Mindy was faculty at St. John Fisher University, where she focused on teaching and research in healthcare, global health, and international service.

Event details

When: 23 October, 2023 - 12:00 pm