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Food security concerns as climate change effects bite

5th September 2012
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Tanzania has emphasised the need for Africa to identify initiatives that will improve food security in the continent.

The call was made on Monday by the chairman of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) Richard Muyungi who is also the assistant director for environment in the vice president office.

Speaking in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, he said Africa needs also to needs support to organise itself in capacity building and adaptation of new technology without pushing farmers into it.

“If we identify these key steps the issue of mitigation will follow…” he noted.

The informal agriculture consultation took place at the margins of a Bangkok climate change talk which is in preparation for, the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) to be held in Arusha Tanzania next week as a way of deepening the understanding of the issues as related to Agriculture and that could be adopted during COP 18 in Doha at the end of this year.

Representative members from some of the World’s least developed countries held the informal meeting to exchange views on Agriculture related issues.

The participants shared ideas on what the SBSTA should do including the assessment of the nations’ state of scientific and technical knowledge in respect to the effects of climate change in agriculture on the African continent.

SBSTA recognises as well, the importance of food security, synergy and the core benefits of mitigation in the agriculture sector. It further recognises the links between agriculture and poverty reduction particularly to small and marginal farmers.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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