Adapting to Climate Change in the Agriculture Sector

Farmers have always adapted to changes in climate. The challenge now is to adapt within very short periods of time to potentially extreme impacts and new risks and opportunities. This will be achieved through a combination of managerial, infrastructural and technical measures. Measures include: 

i. Strengthening management of water resources and promote more efficient irrigation methods and water harvesting techniques 

ii. Promoting climate smart agriculture and the adoption of improved livestock breeds that are tolerant to climate related stresses. 

iii. Promoting the use of indigenous and scientific knowledge on drought tolerant crop types and varieties and indigenous livestock that are resilient to changes in climate. 

iv. Strengthening early warning systems on climate related agricultural risks. 

v. Putting more emphasis on incentives to enhance farmer capacity to adopt practices that contribute to sustainable productivity growth while also responding to climate change. 

vi. Promoting capacity building through research and development, education and awareness, and training in climate change related issues. 

vii. Promoting climate indexed insurance solutions and enabling market frameworks. 

viii. Building resilience in managing climate related disasters such as droughts, hailstorms, erratic rainfall and floods 

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