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January 24th, 2019 / UN Environment

UN Environment and partners are working in Africa to boost agricultural production, create jobs, and counter climate unpredictability.

In Ngoulemakong commune in Cameroon’s Sud Province, solar driers have been used since early 2018 to dry cassava and store it for longer, allowing farmers to get better prices. Hitherto, farmers were forced to sell their crop quickly at rock-bottom prices, and often ended up making a loss. So far, over 500 cassava farmers have reduced their post-harvest losses and obtained higher prices, while at the same time creating a market opportunity for solar drier suppliers.

In Uganda’s Kingdom of Buganda, the local government has won a US$141 million contract for its farmers to supply cassava to Uganda Breweries. Hitherto, a major challenge was to provide a regular supply of quality cassava. Now, solar-powered micro-irrigation is being used to enhance yields and solar driers are helping to preserve surplus crops for later use. Several hectares have been set aside in Busiro County to produce cuttings for use in all 18 of the Kingdom’s counties. 

These are just two examples of smart agriculture achieved thanks to innovative partnerships, fostered by UN Environment and others under the Ecosystem-Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA) initiative set up in 2015. The initiative dovetails neatly with Sustainable Development Goal 17 (Partnerships for the goals). Read more