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October 6th, 2016 / African Farming, UK

Africa’s agriculture sector could be argued to be failing but with technology, education and funding there’s a way back and the UN Climate talks could help this.

“Food production” featured just three times in the Paris climate agreement text. Often, renewable energy or new motoring technology overshadows farming and food security as climate issues. Led by Morocco, that will change if a coalition of 27 African states has its way. The “triple A” alliance – short for Adaptation of African Agriculture – says it will embed farming communities at the centre of negotiations at the upcoming UN summit in Marrakech.

“This could be a game changer for African people,” said president of Morocco’s General Council of Agricultural Development, Mohamed Ait Kadi, head of one of the government-linked think tank. “There is a general consensus that our countries are already affected by the impacts of climate change. African farmlands and ranges are increasingly degraded and face declining yields.” See more