Inclusion at all levels has been identified as a key factor that can help mitigate the negative impacts of climate change, according to the latest report from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) on climate change and food security said.
Released on Thursday, the document entitled ‘Global Food Policy Report’ notes the problems and offers solutions to the damage caused by climate change across the world.
IFPRI works closely with the Federal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, state departments, and other partners to support the implementation of development plans.
Climate change has negatively affected the world in the areas of food insecurity, health, environment and poses a threat to the security of nations.
The report suggests that governments in African countries should ensure inclusion and extend social protection.
It also calls for investing in inclusive soft infrastructure, digital climate services, insurance, advisory services and financial services for greater productivity.
Efforts are needed to “enhance women’s participation in clean energy systems, water supply systems, landscape governance, make social protection “climate-smart” by incorporating incentives for sustainable activities and combining them with climate investments,” the report says.
According to Clemens Breisinger, a senior official at IFPRI, the launch of the report shows that the challenges that come with climate change also have potential solutions.
“The world is facing multiple crises and challenges today, we have high global food energy and fertilizer prices, we have drought in different parts of the world and we also have climate change. The event today launched IFPRI’s Global Food Policy Report to show the challenges that come with climate change, but also some of the potential solutions,” he revealed.
Speaking specifically about Nigeria, Breisinger noted that high food and fertilizer costs contribute to the already existing problems of food insecurity in Nigeria, leading him to call for urgent action to address it.
“It is important to note that when it comes to climate change, a large portion of global emissions have been caused by industrialized countries and all countries in Africa, including Nigeria, must bear the brunt of this,” he said. he noted.
IFPRI’s director of communications and public affairs, Charlotte Hebebrand, told reporters that IFPRI is trying to understand the global situation, and that it is also very national because it knows that climate change cannot be mitigated or adapted only at the national level.
She told the meeting that interventions at sub-national levels are equally important in the fight against climate change.
She said efforts were being made to educate local farmers about the effects of climate change, how to mitigate or adapt to it. Hebebrand believes that farmers need to adopt the technologies needed to achieve higher yields while adapting to climate change.
“They also need to get information on new technologies that can help them adapt and mitigate climate change, because as we also presented today, there are also greenhouse gas emissions. greenhouse effect from farming practices, so both are going to be very important, but farmers are at the heart of this, farmers need access.
Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Muhammed Abubakar said the ministry has many programs aimed at ensuring food security in Nigeria.
Mr. Abubakar, represented by National Access and Mobility Project (RAMP) Coordinator, Ularamu Ubandoma, said the government leverage the report’s recommendation to ensure that food security is achieved in the country.
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