The frontier for climate resilience begins with smallholder farmers

Tackling climate change in Africa will work effectively if efforts are first geared towards eliminating challenges faced by smallholder farmers across the continent, experts say.

The problem of climate change and how it has affected the continent’s agriculture sector was one of the key topics at the 7th African Green Revolution Forum in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

The week-long forum kicked off Monday, September 4 and runs until Friday, September 8.

On Wednesday, experts and policymakers met in a symposium titled “The Business of Smallholder Farmers: Building Resilience and Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change in African Agriculture”, where they examined the role of agencies, governments and the private sector in overcoming the adverse effects brought about by climate change.

Anthony Nyong, Director of Climate Change and Green Growth at the African Development Bank (AfDB), told participants that unless governments and the private sector invest more to overcome climate change challenges to smallholder farmers, the continent risks failing to attain its food security targets.



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