SET FOR SUCCESS: CLIMATE PROOFING THE MALABO DECLARATION (2016)
Agriculture is the backbone of African economies, accounting for as much as 40% of total export earnings and employing 60 – 90% of Africa’s labour force. More than half of households’ income originates in the agriculture sector. Agriculture will continue to be a priority for Africa, alongside efforts towards industrialisation. Using the targets set out in the Malabo Declaration African governments now need to unlock the continent’s agriculture sector in a way that captures the synergies between climate adaptation and mitigation and identifies and reduces the inevitable trade-offs. A sustainable agriculture sector has the potential to contribute to food and nutrition security, poverty reduction and sustained economic growth, in a way that preserves the natural resource base on which it depends.
Climate-smart agriculture needs to:
- Provide adaptation and resilience to shocks
- Generate adaptation and mitigation as co-benefits
- Take a location-specific and knowledge-intensive approach
- Provide integrated options that create synergies and reduce trade-offs.
Recommendation #6 Better training for farmers on sustainable farming techniques, through improved extension services, farmer field schools and utilisation of digital technologies.
...could this mean more permaculture training?!
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