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
Speaking 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.
Kenya’s 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
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.
The 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
Wamalwa said that
African leaders, policymakers, researchers and farmers’
organizations have endorsed a continental strategy to promote
scaling up of climate smart agriculture.
“What is 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
Kenya has pioneered
groundbreaking climate smart farming systems in different
agro-ecological zones to enhance food security in the face of
extreme weather events.
Wamalwa noted that
adoption of irrigated farming, agro-forestry and non tillage
farming has boosted food security against a backdrop of climatic
“We have 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.
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.
“Some of the cost
effective methods of scaling up climate smart agriculture in
Africa include restoration of degraded ecosystems, organic
farming, water harvesting and storage,” Biao said.
She added that UNEP
is providing technical capacity to African countries to enable
them scale up climate smart agriculture.
must create enabling policy and regulatory environment to
facilitate adoption of technologies and innovations that promote
climate resilient food production.