Agric ministers seek ways to adapt to climate change
Ministers of agriculture from 30 African countries, including Nigeria have renewed efforts towards tackling the issue of adapting African agriculture to climate change.
At the second annual ministerial conference of the Adapting African Agriculture (AAA) Initiative, themed: “Food Security Facing Climate Change,” held at the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Benguerir, Morocco, in partnership with OCP Africa, they extensively discussed actionable solutions to the threat posed by climate change to agriculture in the continent.
Speaking at the two-day conference, Nigeria’s Minister for Agriculture, Alhaji Mohammed Sabo Nanono acknowledged the need for immediate actions to solve the threats from climate change, stating the need for interstate and inter-regional cooperation to confront the problem.
He cited the example of Lake Chad, which is experiencing, reduced productivity as a result of climate change: “For example, the Lake Chad which is bordered by Nigeria, Chad and Cameroun and by proxy, other African countries within the region. We have to see how we can collaborate because this is affecting all the countries within the region. We need to be less territorial in our thinking, so that we do not continue to face this challenge in Africa.”
Nanono further added: “We also need to think of how we manage the other resources that are available to us and maximise them. This will also require inter-regional cooperation between African countries and will enable us to greatly deal with the challenges of global warming. Finally, we also need to look at local solutions: like our existing laws, which we will need to review in the light of the challenges in order to have a common front in facing the challenges of climate change. This will prevent African countries from working at crossroads. I hope that as we move along, the emphasis on inter-regional cooperation will be given prominence.”
The ministerial declaration had a number of pronouncements. As framed by the declaration: “we encourage the Foundation to maintain and expand its country-level support, in such a way as to help formulate National Climate-Smart Agriculture Investments Plans. We also invite partner-funding institutions to back this effort and to contribute to the financing of the implementation of these plans within the framework of national agricultural development strategies.
“In particular, through the strategic partnership with the Africa Adaptation Initiative (AAI), especially the advent of the on-going Pan African Climate Finance Access Program with the Green Climate Fund.”
The declaration also encourages the AAA Foundation to pursue its advocacy efforts for the adaptation of African Agriculture in the upcoming ‘Conference of the Parties’ (COP) and in the UNFCCC’s specialized bodies and committees.
The Initiative for the Adaptation of African Agriculture to climate change (AAA Initiative) aims to contribute to food security in Africa, to improve the living conditions of vulnerable farmers and to promote employment in rural areas by promoting adaptation practices to climate change, building the capacity of actors and channeling financial flows to the most vulnerable farmers.
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