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Experts Link Agriculture to Rising Levels of Climate Change Impacts
25.12.2013  
   
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Climate change experts have directly linked agricultural sector to the global warming, causing the devastating effects of climate change to both flora and Fauna.

 

The experts under the auspice of adaptation to climate change and Insurance (ACCI) say that the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is ever increasing due to cutting down of trees and burning of fossil fuel to facilitate farming activities.
Speaking to Africa Science News in Busia County during a climate change adaptation workshop, the project national coordinator Joab Osumba noted that carbon molecules absorb heat rays causing an upward change in temperature, thus destabilizing the atmosphere.
Osumba further disclosed that methane gas and nitrous oxide emitted from livestock and fertilizers respectively have contributed immensely to the adverse effects of climate change in Africa.
Adaptation to Climate Change and Insurance is a Non Governmental Organization that advocates for crops that are adaptive to climate change in Busia and Homabay Counties for the last three years.
The Organization has been funded to the tune of 2.8m Euros, by the Government of Germany through giz, and implemented by the government of Kenya, Ministry of Agriculture.
However Mr. Osumba confirmed that following an independent study on adaptive crops in Western Kenya regions, sweet potatoes, sorghum and cassava are resilient and adaptive against climate change.
The experts regretted that despite the biting effects of climate change, most farmers in the region do not appreciate insurance services to carter for agricultural losses occasioned by the climate change.
Said Osumba, "I challenge farmers, not only in Busia and Homabay, but across the Country to embrace Insurance covers against crop failures since climate change is here to stay"
Most farmers have not been keen on the impact of agriculture on climate change and Osumba calls on experts in the agricultural sector to join hands with other entities in fight against menace of climate change.
He urged that farmers should be taken through the best farming practices as a mitigative measure against the upward temperature change.
He further observed that the UNEP's carbon credit initiative and promotion of scientifically approved adaptive crops is the way to go in the 21st C  to tackle climate change problem.

 


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