Stakeholders in the agriculture sector have emphasised the importance of using resilient food systems that can stand possible shocks of climate change.
This was said during the opening of a four-day final resilient food systems international workshop on Tuesday in Blantyre, which has drawn participants from 12 countries.
Speaking when opening the meeting, Minister of Agriculture Lobin Lowe said the government values the role the Resilient Food Systems project is playing in assisting farmers adapt to climate shocks.
Lowe added that, in the face of challenges such as droughts, floods and other natural disasters that Malawi has been prone to over the years, the government is investing cushioning farmers.
“Through AIP, Malawi is promoting alternative sources of livelihoods by distributing small livestock, non-forestry timber products, drought tolerant crops production and provision of matching grants to smallholder farmers engaged in various catchment conservation practices and sustainable agriculture practices,” he said.
One of the sponsors of the project is Global Environment Facility.
Its senior environmental Specialist Jean-Marc Sinnassamy said, if embraced across the board, the initiative can help improve food security in Africa.
“This programme aims to connect the environment to agriculture, smallholder farmers, resilience and food security, so that we can show that restoring the landscape is good for agriculture and livelihoods,” he said.
Resilient Food Systems is a five-year project which aims at increasing agricultural productivity, improving livelihoods, and restoring degraded landscapes among smallholder farmers across Sub-Saharan Africa.
In Malawi, the project is being implemented in a number of districts including Zomba.
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