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Kenyans Urged to Adopt Climate Smart Agriculture strategies

Nov 15, 2023 ##Climate, ##COP28
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Kenyans have been urged to embrace and adopt the use of the Climate Smart Agriculture strategy as a way of achieving climate resilient low carbon agriculture.

The initiative by Young Women Christian Association (YWCA Kenya) targets to boost the production of most rural farmers, youth, and marginalized groups especially in the arid and semi-arid areas.

Smart Climate Agriculture as a strategy encompasses innovations and opportunities in agriculture. Such inventions include fish farming, tree nurseries, cone gardens, black soldier flies, and vermiculture among others.

The Non-Profit Organization recently organized a virtual event which brought together hundreds of youths from various parts of the country aimed at adapting climate change and building the resilience of the agricultural system dubbed ‘Feeding Africa Through Youthful Interventions.’

 YWCA is keen on improving coordination and collaboration with stakeholders, government, and private sectors towards promoting climate resilience pre-COP28. 

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If Kenyans adopt the new technological agricultural harmful gas emissions, then agricultural emissions could increase by about 78 percent by 2050, this is according to updated NDC technical analysis projected data from the government.

Discussions and deliberations around agriculture and climate change will be on 10th December 2023 in COP28.

Bob Aston, a Trainer and Project Officer in Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) says youths in different parts of the country are coming up with innovations and do not depend on rain-fed agriculture.

“There are various innovations that youths are adopting in different counties, particularly in the ASAL counties where youths have embraced opportunities around the use of drip irrigation because of challenges of inadequate water and drought,” Bob stated.

Young Women’s Christian Association (YCWA) has rolled out efforts to educate and sensitize marginalized communities through conferences and training pre-COP28 and it is aimed to foster greater participation and inclusivity, experts must simplify the language and bridge the knowledge gap, ensuring that a more inclusive strategy can be developed.

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