Climate Change: Farmers Advised To Adapt To New Production Systems
The recommendation was made on Yaounde on November 12, 2016, on the occasion of World Food Day.
“Climate is changing. Food and Agriculture must too.” This was the theme of the 36th World Food Day celebrated in Cameroon on November 12, 2016, at a colourful ceremony presided by Agriculture and Rural Development Minister, Henri Eyebe Ayissi. The Second National Communication on Climate Change project document produced by Cameroon states that the agricultural sector accounts for the highest source of greenhouse gas emissions with a total of 76 per cent emissions from the energy, waste and industrial sectors.
Drops in agricultural production - the direct cause of food crisis, is attributed to climate change. Assessment indicates that agriculture is the most vulnerable sector to climate change. The sector, which employs 60 per cent of Cameroonians, depends on rains, though their irregularity in some areas is not making things easy. Working together to adapt production systems, feeding behaviours and habits to new realities, Minister Henri Eyebe Ayissi said, was indispensable for farmers. He stressed; “Let us ensure sustainable development in our country, pursuant to current global mobilization in this sector.” Farmer cooperatives on the occasion received equipment to improve production. Agriculture and Rural Development Minister, with his August guests visited exhibition stands where farmer groups from around the Centre Region had converged with the best of some of its crops for the public.
The day was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries and the Food and Agriculture Organisation. Prior to the celebration of the 2016 World Food Day, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, in the company of some cabinet minister, granted a press conference. He pointed out government strategies to combat climate change. He listed measures involving the development of research programmes for understanding climate change effects on production systems, the dissemination of climate change adaptation approaches and the revamping of cropping calendars, amongst many.
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