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Stakeholders Roundtable on Agroecology as a Climate Change Solution
The world currently battles climate change and for that there is a growing list of solutions such as climate smart agriculture, sustainable agricultural intensification and carbon capture, carbon offsetting (rather than cutting emissions at source) promoting plantations etc Some of these solutions have dire implications for local communities and ecosystem balance and thus must be discouraged. Research has shown that agriculture and agrarian reforms rooted in agroecological practice and principles help to cool the planet and ensure climate resilience. This is what small-scale farmers and producers have been calling and defending for many millennia. Politics, poor implementation and followup are some of the factors standing in the way of such a transition.
HOMEF has carried out a study on the climate change policies in Nigeria with a view to finding entry points for mainstreaming of Agroecology as a viable solution to the climate catastrophe. This study revealed that there is no policy that directly recognizes agroecology although some elements of it are mentioned in some of the policies. The study recommended a number of policies that can be reviewed for the purpose of mainstreaming agroecology, one of which is the National Agriculture Resilience Framework (NARF).
Following that study and building on the significance of Agroecology in our food system as well as for climate resilience/adaptation HOMEF is organising a roundtable with stakeholders from the Federal Ministry of Environment and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to deepen understanding and define a roadmap for it’s inclusion in Nigeria’s climate change policy documents.
The roundtable is scheduled to hold on Wednesday 31 August 2022 in Abuja