Kenya to push for resilient farming for food security

Tuesday, December 5th, 2023 05:23 | By
A farmer tends to his potato farm. PHOTO/Print

Kenya will champion the Commonwealth Living Lands Action Group on climate-resilient agriculture for food security. The commitment entails leading coordinated initiatives across all 56 Commonwealth member countries.

The announcement comes after a Commonwealth event that was held in Dubai on Sunday December 3, 2023 during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28).

Speaking at the event, Prime Minister Robert Abela of Malta said that since the world is experiencing a planetary crisis, addressing climate change, protecting biodiversity, and nurturing ecological restoration of our land has become an urgent priority for all Commonwealth members.

“We are here to renew our commitment to work together towards the same through the Living Lands Charter. We hope that our experience inspires Commonwealth countries facing similar tough challenges,” said Abela.

Fossil fuel

Kenya stepped forward to lead this priority area of action after a new implementation framework was launched to facilitate coordinated action among the 56 Commonwealth countries on land, biodiversity and climate challenges, directly impacting a quarter of the world’s land area.

Other countries that have stepped forward to lead on priority areas of action are Guyana and Malta. Guyana will champion action on sustainable green cover and biodiversity while Malta will spearhead the conservation of soil and water.

“With this implementation framework, we are taking a giant leap forward. It will leverage the combined strength of the Commonwealth through thematic action working groups – learning from each other and spurring one another on towards systems change and a better future for all,” said the Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland KC.

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