Today, agriculture experts in conjunction with the Food Agriculture Organization have challenged private investors to risk their investments in a more climate smarter agriculture.
“We need to understand issues that are pertinent, issues that need to be addressed in the region in regard to climate change and we are going in a climate smart agriculture because the investment will ensure that farmers are resilient to the climate change shocks,” says the FAO Climate Smart Agriculture and CA Expert Barrack Okoba.
Farmers’ resilience is developed there is need to able adapt to and check changing climate as one of the objectives of climate smarter agriculture, the second objective is to make sure that farmers can produce in a profitable way so profitability is key in supporting this investment so in whatever farmers are doing are making money, the third objective is to look at how to promote investment and at the same time mitigate greenhouse emissions to reduce emissions from agricultural activities including all agricultural aspects crop, forestry, fisheries.
The trend should go all along the value chain even in the production to the market so this workshop has brought around 11 EAC countries that are looking at issues that have been presented in COP22 Africa agreements where all African countries have the national decisions intended to implement the INDC.
“We wish to call upon development partners, industry players to invest in climate smart agriculture farming and other corporate members,” he said during that event in Kigali.
He said that at end of the meeting countries will have made recommendations and set priorities that will be presented before donors with rather more concrete ideas that could include irrigation which emphasized as a reliable agriculture practice to contest droughts at cheap prices, less tillage and soil erosion, the reduction or Hydrofloucarbon or HFC emissions.
The FAO Climate Smart Agriculture representative warned investors not to be skeptic of investing in that aspect of development because most of it certainly very possible with minimum risks compared to common subsistence farming.
“Investors may express fear because the risks are many in any investment but we are coming up with technologies that are firm and we are sure that they will be value for money.”
The new farming methods include irrigation with less water, investments in dams, water reservoirs and water drilling that minimizes the cost of such investments and risks.
But before all investors may be allowed to risk their money in such agro-businesses, partners of FAO insist that policies that institutionally better suit various ideas should be set affore first for investors to invest in integral groups, securities and climate change in an integral manner that transforms revenues and climate smart agriculture.
“I am glad to say that this why we are here to share information and experiences and discuss key issues and opportunities that enhance and identify conflicts realities in terms of enhancing climate smart agriculture investments in the east African countries,” Joseph Anania Bizima on behalf of FAO Rwanda Regional Project Coordinator said.
He noted that the countries are still committed to supporting the climate financing of agriculture which has a huge impact of agro-climate mitigation and supports governance to integrate climate smart agriculture, international agro-investment plans and small holder farmers for improved resilience and food security.
In Rwanda FAO supports aspects of Rwanda’s green growth and smart climate resilience strategy especially components on forestry, agroforestry and finance.
“Funds are needed to solve the agricultural problems, subsistence farmers are the most neediest. The answer to the problem is in the result from the research that needs synergies to be implementable; it is a global concern and even in the Sub Saharan Africa,” Innocent Nzeyimana on behalf of the Rwanda Ministry of Agriculture said.
He also confirmed with the FAO representative saying that only irrigation farming can be an answer to drought including the use of meteorological equipments to contain climate change.
“There are other technologies that are used to irrigate farms but all need funds and Rwanda alone cannot contain the problem.”
Partnerships can help the least farmer reap from that cutting edge technologies used in modern agriculture.
The national budget should be entailed with, he noted, with enough money that can be supplemented by other financial institutions with different services including reasonable loans and other packages.
In Nyagatare district in the Eastern Province the Grammin irrigation is a small farm on about 500 hectors and doing well and other investors can invest in the same business as government intends to help at some instances.