Environmental - Featured - International - March 11, 2021

Africa needs concerted efforts against conflicts of climate change

Climate change is expected to make agricultural development and food security in Africa more challenging, which is critical to the region’s growth.

There is need for resolute efforts to remodel Africa’s food production system, to be more resilient to recurring effects of climate change such as droughts.

The establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will allow the region to be a beacon of sustainable agricultural development as well curbing the shocks that will be brought about by climate change.

A paper titled “Food sovereignty is Africa’s only solution to climate chaos,” stated that African food production is particularly at risk because of dominance of rain-fed farming and pastoral livestock, which are highly vulnerable to the rainfall variability and heat waves generated by climate change.

“AfCFTA severely constrains the trade measures and domestic programmes that governments can implement to protect their local food systems and to take action against climate change,” read the paper.

Kenyan based entrepreneur Muriuku Ngari founded a climate solution company called Escospa Corporation Limited which uses agro-ecological methods to mitigate and build resilience in the face of climate change.

In an interview with BusinessMail, Ngari acknowledged that in many years to come, global climate change will continue to pose ripple effects on the agro-sector and other aspects of our daily lives.

“The agricultural sector is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events. The increase in frequency and intensity of the extreme weather events has led to incomes, investment and livelihood loss, destruction of agro-based industries infrastructure,” Ngari said.

“Escospa Corporation Limited builds synergies with various stakeholders in the agriculture sector. It will approach agriculture as a development tool that brings together all the stakeholders involved in the initiative, strategically incorporating conservation of forest, application of climate smart agriculture and our consumer-farmer relationships through its e-commerce platform based on the practices of the farmers to form the basis of the initiative being a carbon project,” he said.

The company is set to address the global climate changes by initiating a carbon project is nicknamed Kirinyaga Carbons.

“Considering the emergence of the Global Green New Deal, the world leaders are rushing to be carbon neutral and this calls for Africa to keep pace with the trend and communicate to the world how it is moving to a low carbon region and more so low carbon agriculture,” Ngari said.

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