NAIROBI (Xinhua) —
Kenya on Wednesday launched a framework to help provide guidance
in mainstreaming climate-smart agriculture (CSA).
Andrew Tuimur, chief
administrative secretary in the ministry of agriculture,
livestock and irrigation, said the 2018-2027 framework will help
reduce vulnerability of agriculture systems by cushioning them
against the impacts of climate change.
“The framework is
aimed at reducing greenhouse gases emissions and mainstream CSA
to support the transformation of Kenya’s agricultural sector
into an innovative, commercially oriented, competitive and
modern sector,” Tuimur told journalists in Nairobi.
The framework will
also help the government and stakeholders develop a sustainable
system that will help achieve coordinated, coherent and
cooperative governance in CSA, he added.
Over the years,
Kenya has experienced climate change impacts that include
increase in temperature and change in rainfall patterns that
have led to reduced crop and livestock production, Tuimur said.
CSA is an approach
for transforming and reorienting agricultural development under
the new realities of climate change, providing the means to help
stakeholders to identify agricultural strategies suitable to
their conditions, he said.
The framework will
also help strengthen communication systems on CSA extension and
agro-weather issues toward achieving a sustained food and
nutrition security for all, Tuimur said.
Kenya representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of
the United Nations (FAO), welcomed the framework as a timely
intervention in climate change management.
He called on the
government to translate the framework into local languages so
that farmers and communities who are most affected by climate
change could understand the content to make required decisions.
information and planned activities must be shared out to
everyone since it is currently increasing the cost of doing
business in agriculture and threatens food security in the
country,” Rugalema added.