“CLIMATE SMART” AGRICULTURE INITIATIVES WILL SAVE AFRICA

Is
Africa not fulfilling her Agricultural Potential? Will Africa ever be food
secure? What role can the youth play in the agricultural value chain? And what’s
this CLIMATE CHANGE ALL ABOUT? 

The questions are endless yet there seem to be
no answers to them.
When the CLIMATE changes, does
that mean anything to you? Does it affect food production, security and yields?
I think it’s high time AFICAN adapted to Climate change.

At the recent Food Agriculture and
Natural resources policy analysis Network (FARNPAN) annual conference that I
attended in Swaziland , Dr Sepo Hachigonta the FANRPAN climate Change
Coordinator said that, Climate change possess a real risk to the future of
farming and food security in Africa, thus all stakeholders including policy
makers, researchers, scientists and farmers should engage to find solutions.
Climate change impacts are much
localised and hence some areas are more vulnerable than others. Therefore
African Governments need to spearhead initiatives of climate proofing
Agriculture with all partners involved in climate change adaptation strategies.
The capacity of policy analysts, scientists and Journalists must be enhanced in
the fields of Agriculture, Climate and socio-economics to collectively build a
strong base of evidence on cropping systems to inform adaptation policies and
investment decisions. It’s also important to build the capacity of young
researchers on climate issues and on how the environment interacts with social,
human and economic sectors.
“A
key strategy of managing risk and vulnerability associated with Climate change
is developing and implementing evidence based policies and programs that
respond to local realities and priorities”
For a country like Uganda who’s
economy is dominated by the agricultural sector, which accounts for 41.6% of
the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), 85% of the export earnings and 80% of
employment opportunities with the youngest population yet highest youth
unemployment in the world,  (World Bank
report on Africa Development Indicators (ADI) 2008/2009. Fifty six (56%).This is an indicator that in order to achieve
meaningful development programms and projects, there is need to involve the
youth and have the programs youth oriented. Is there any role that the youth in
Uganda are playing to achieve climate smart agriculture and initiatives that
will assist farmers to climate proof agriculture? 
This is what bloggers and Journos ought to understand about
reporting on climate change.