African ministers  discuss climate change effects on farming

Weeks ahead of COP22, African ministers committed to reducing the vulnerability of African agriculture to climate change.

On September 29th  and 30th , about 20 African ministers, joined by representatives from international institutions (FAO, the World Bank, and ADB, among others), as well as scientists and experts, gathered in Marrakesh, Morocco, to attend a high level international meeting ahead of the upcoming COP22 negotiations. Their goal was to build a coalition to support the initiative for the Adaptation of African Agriculture to climate change. In all, nearly 30 countries were represented.

Launched in April 2016 under Morocco’s impetus, the initiative for the Adaptation of African Agriculture to climate change came about when people saw that in international negotiations and climate-fund allocations African agriculture often got the short end of the stick.

Soil management, agricultural-water control, climate-risk management, capacity building and funding solutions – are some of the concrete responses that have been promoted and supported by the AAA initiative, as presented at a scientific symposium held on July 14, 2016 in Skhirat, Morocco, in which about 60 figures, including members of the AAA scientific committee and international experts participated.

The AAA initiative intends to use negotiation to place adaptation of African agriculture at the heart of COP issues and challenges, while obtaining an equitable distribution of climate funds between adaptation and mitigation; and promoting and fostering concrete and innovative projects in soil management, agricultural-water control, climate-risk management, capacity building and funding.

At the meeting agricultural solutions and best practices were shared that could be extended across the entire African continent.