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The experts, drawn from research communities, government ministries, farmer organizations, the private sector, are from three regional economic blocs, namely, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

The objective of the two-day symposium is to enhance regional collaboration and informed decision making for adaptation to climate change in the three regional blocs, a statement released by the organizers said.

Kipyego Cheluget, assistant secretary-general of COMESA, said the outcome of the symposium will consolidate the results and lessons learn over the years on climate smart agriculture.

“Since 2009, COMESA has been supporting research and generation of scientific evidence to guide agricultural transformation in the region as a response to the threats to food security posed by the rapidly changing climatic conditions,” he said in the statement.

Cheluget further said the regional blocs have been implementing a tripartite program to address the impact of climate change in the region, adding that this has been done through successful adaptation and mitigation actions, which also build economic and social resilience for present and future generations.

The program has also supported research to generate scientific evidence and knowledge to minimize the impact of climate-induced risks in agriculture among other activities.

The symposium is expected to provide a platform for the experts to share their research results, experiences, challenges and recommendations that will inform the on-going initiatives.

It will also provide an ideal forum for researchers, policy makers, farmers and private sector to deliberate on emerging climate smart agriculture innovations that have the potential to enhance farm productivity, and national and regional food security. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/


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