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Farmers May Need Insurance in Face of Climate Change

With their heavily dependency on rain fed agriculture, a sector highly susceptible to weather calamities, experts are advising peasants and other small-scale growers to be insured.

That was among the matters that arose from the just-ended ‘Second Eastern African Community Agriculture Budget Summit’ organised here by the Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers Forum (ESAFF) and the National Network of Farmers Groups Tanzania (MVIWATA), as well as the National Association of Smallholder Farmers in Malawi (NASFAM) and East Africa Civil Society Forum (EACSOF).

“Rains have been unreliable of late due to global warming, climate change and destruction of the environment, which means local farmers, 80 percent of whom depend on rain for their agricultural activities, usually suffer the consequences,” pointed out Petro Ahham, an Environmentalist and Director at the Multi-Environmental Society (MESO).


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