NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
There is need for African governments,
multilateral agencies and private sector to prioritize
investments in climate resilient farming that promise food
security and higher incomes for rural people, officials said on
at a side event in the ongoing Africa Green Revolution Forum in
Nairobi, the officials were emphatic that African states had no
option but to adopt farming systems that can withstand climatic
shocks that have escalated in the continent.
Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary, Eugene Wamalwa noted
that strategic policy and funding interventions were an
imperative to cushion African agriculture from adverse impacts
of climate change.
countries must adequately invest in food production systems that
can resist the negative impacts of climate change that include
droughts, flooding and virulent crop diseases,” Wamalwa said.
sixth Africa Green Revolution Forum taking place in Nairobi has
devoted significant attention to climate smart agriculture that
would shield rural smallholders from food insecurity, poverty
and environmental vagaries.
said that African leaders, policymakers, researchers and
farmers’ organizations have endorsed a continental strategy to
promote scaling up of climate smart agriculture.
required now is speedy implementation of national programs to
promote climate resilient farming in this continent. It heralds
food and nutritional security and higher incomes for rural
farmers,” said Wamalwa.
has pioneered groundbreaking climate smart farming systems in
different agro-ecological zones to enhance food security in the
face of extreme weather events.
noted that adoption of irrigated farming, agro-forestry and non
tillage farming has boosted food security against a backdrop of
leveraged on financing and technical capacity to expand
irrigated farming in drought prone regions. Our smallholders are
being encouraged to practice climate smart agriculture using
locally available innovations,” Wamalwa said.
Director, Regional office for Africa, Juliette Biao said that
investment in ecosystems restoration, irrigation and modern
weather forecast tools will shield African smallholders from
hunger and water scarcity occasioned by climate change.
the cost effective methods of scaling up climate smart
agriculture in Africa include restoration of degraded
ecosystems, organic farming, water harvesting and storage,” Biao
added that UNEP is providing technical capacity to African
countries to enable them scale up climate smart agriculture.
governments must create enabling policy and regulatory
environment to facilitate adoption of technologies and
innovations that promote climate resilient food production.