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Northeast: FAO battles food crisis with climate smart agriculture 

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To avert food crisis in Northeast, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations has fashioned out a new farming system called Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA).

Speaking, yesterday, in Yola, after a two-day validation workshop on the importance of CSA, FAO deputy representative in Nigeria, Nourou Macki-Tall, noted that the impact of climate change was very visible in the northeast, and if not tackled, it will affect food production in the zone.
 
He said climate change has negatively impacted food production in the Sahel, which is driving conflict in the region. 

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“The current climatic reality, including poor or erratic rainfall, long dryspells and floods, has led to reduced household incomes, worsening food insecurity, nutrition and employment and laying the groundwork for conflict,” he stated.

To ensure that food crisis in the North-east is prevented, FAO country representative said his organisation is working to strengthen agricultural response to climate change in the region, through Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) approach in conflict-affected states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.

The CSA Consultant for Yobe State, Professor Daniel Gwavy of University of Maiduguri, said if Climate Smart Agriculture was not adopted, the Northeast would be hit by food crisis.


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