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Climate finance must include funding for agriculture Climate change is contributing to food insecurity and conflict in Africa. Rapid sustained action to cut greenhouse gas emissions and increase resilience is needed now to help stop both from spiralling out of control. In Kenya, three – five per cent of GDP is lost to climate change impacts. To mitigate the effects of climate change in Kenya, the government passed a raft of policy measures, which include the National Climate Change Action Plans and the Climate Change Act of 2016. The Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Strategy and its Implementation Plan is also a policy we have, which diagnosed the climate change challenges to the sector and came up with practical actions and innovative solutions that could drive the sector and ensure food security in a changing climate. In order to catalyse climate action, especially for the agriculture sector, a mainstreaming approach is crucial. Enabling sector actors to integrate a climate lens in their mandate areas and routine work ensures that there is no silo between normal agricultural activities and climate change activities in the agriculture sector. This enables planning, budgeting and implementing agricultural activities in a climate-smart manner – achieving both development and climate goals together and enhancing efficiency and effectiveness. Mainstreaming is a fundamental theme across Kenya’s national laws, policies and plans at the grassroots levels. To ensure appropriate locally-led climate action at the village levels, the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Forestry, working closely with the National Treasury and the Council of Governors, formulated the Financing Locally Led Climate Action (FLLoCA) Program in 2020. The 1.05 billion USD programme is funded by various development agencies, with World Bank funding the first phase. The project has innovatively developed tools and structures to ensure villagers identify their climate risks and come up with actionable solutions to current or anticipated climate impacts, which is then financed through their county treasuries for action.

  • George Kariuki

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    My country Kenya efforts to mainstream climate action into agricultural policies and strategies, such as the Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Strategy, are commendable.

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    • Munene Mugambi

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      One thing we all need to understand, is that we have to eat. Food comes from agricultural practices and we cannot ignore the sector and expect everything to be okay in future. Financing agriculture in the climate space is as important as cutting emissions.

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      • Rotich Kim

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        Green energy is the solution

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        • Munene Mugambi

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          @rotich_kim Indeed it is. Green energy will make sure we cut those emission numbers from large scale farming to a minimum. Imagine what happens when we replace all the diesel powered generators and tractors with renewable energy backed machines, it's beautiful, right?

        • Saustine Lusanzu

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          We all understand that agriculture is a backup borne of many counties across the globe. We must keep amplifying our voices to ensure funds are also dedicated to agriculture. There's no life without agriculture

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          • Munene Mugambi

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            @saustine_lusanzu Certainly, for example many African countries depend mainly on agriculture as their source of capital. What we need to do is bridge the gap between emissions from the agricultural sector while increasing output on the same field. This also leads to solving world hunger which is one of our main SDGs

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