FAO, Africa Partner on 'Climate-smart' Approach to Agriculture Development

A man shows soil from his farm in Kenya. The Food and Agriculture Organization and African leaders are working to implement a “climate-smart” approach to agriculture development. Photo by: Neil Palmer / CIAT / CC BY-SA

The Food and Agriculture Organization and African leaders are working to implement a “climate-smart” approach that is expected to boost Africa’s agricultural productivity while helping the region mitigate the effects of climate change, a senior U.N. official said Sept. 14.

The approach “offers a way to deal with multiple challenges in a coherent and integrated way,” Alexander Mueller said at a recently concluded agricultural conference hosted by South Africa.

“Climate-smart agriculture includes proven practical techniques and approaches that can help achieve food security, climate change adaptation, and climate change mitigation,” he said.

Mueller also called for more support for the implementation of the approach. Climate change and agricultural challenges need to be tackled hand in hand, especially in Africa, he argued.

FAO’s “climate-smart” approach for Africa focuses on building the region’s resilience to environmental pressures and increasing its productivity through “climate-smart practices” such as improving the soil’s capacity to hold water and increasing organic matter in farming lands across Africa, FAO said in a news release.

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