by Njoroge Kaburo

IFAD president Kanayo F. Nwanze who arrived in Nairobi on Wednesday for a four-day visit called for investment in climate change resilience to boost productivity.


“At IFAD we believe that smallholder farmers lie at the heart of successful solutions to meet the challenges ahead of us,” Nwanze said in a statement on the start of his visit to Kenya, a week before world leaders gather to hammer out an international climate agreement.

As co-chair of the negotiations, Kenya played a leading role in shaping the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets, which were adopted by the international community in September.

Although the East African nation recently acquired the status of a middle income country, poverty continues to affect half of those living in rural areas.

As agriculture remains the backbone of the country’s economy, with small-scale production accounting for at least 75 per cent of the total agricultural output, IFAD said targeted investments in building resilience to climate change will continue to be a priority for the region.

“If we invest in their access to weather information, disaster preparedness, social learning and technology transfer, small farmers can feed a growing population while restoring degraded ecosystems and reducing agriculture’s carbon footprint,” Nwanze said.

While in Nairobi, Nwanze is scheduled to meet with President Uhuru Kenyatta and senior government officials to discuss the importance of investing in climate change resilience to achieve zero hunger and poverty targets in the country by 2030.

The IFAD chief will be briefed on current IFAD-supported programmes and projects in the country, including the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN, the WFP and the EU with whom IFAD has brokered a strategic partnership to scale up investments in arid and semi-arid lands.

This joint programme, which mobilizes more than 230 million U.S. dollars, aims to help smallholder farmers move from subsistence to commercial farming by boosting productivity and improving post-production and marketing practices.

“This investment also intends to ensure that smallholder producers can avail themselves of improved natural resource management practices and build their resilience to climate change,” Nwanze said.

IFAD’s ongoing five investments in Kenya amount to 438.5 million dollars. These programmes directly benefit over 500,000 rural households, with further benefit to an estimated 2.5 million people. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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