Somalia should form the National Agricultural Investment Program

arushaThe Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) delighted to acknowledge and receive the outcome documents from Arusha Agricultural and climate change dialogue that was held in East African All Suites, Arusha, TANZANIA on 12-14 February, 2014.

The Secretary General of SOMESHA H.E. Mr. Daud Abdi Daud will meet late this week Somalia’s ambassador to Kenya in order to give him and share the outcome documents from Arusha as he is extraordinary representative of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN-habitat.

Jointly was organized by the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), and the East African Community (EAC) .The Meeting brought together Climate Change and agriculture experts from 20 African countries. All the way from Gambia to Zambia, Cape to Cairo and with partners coming from as far as US, Norway, and Rome, it was a very successful meeting.

Mr. Daud also calls a new reconstruction on Somalia’s National Agricultural Investment Program in order to tackle climatic changes and food insecurity in across Somalia and be part of Africa’s climate and food insecurity talks.

The meeting outcome recommendation

A:        Political and Enabling Environment

  1. Agriculture is critical for the Africa; Africa as a continent needs to ensure that agriculture is included in the 2015 Agreement of the UNFCCC.
  1. Requests the AGN, AMCEN and AUC to strengthen their coordination, mobilization and harmonization role among the high level decision making institutions/organisations for a common position on Agriculture and Climate Change; these institutions need to use their engagement platforms (e.g. AGN, AU Summit etc) to prioritize and have as an agenda item the “consensus on a common African position on agriculture and climate change” in preparation for engagement in the on-going UNFCCC negotiations as well as the UN summit and the launch of the CSA Alliancescheduled to be heldin September 2014 in New York, USA.
  1. Encourage all African countries through their National Agricultural Investment Program to create the relevant and necessary instruments for mainstreaming CSA; and mobilize financial, technical and human resources that will ensure effective implementation that benefits the people on the ground.

B:        Knowledge Management

  1. Develop a gender sensitive programme to enhance CSA knowledge management and sharing among different actors, (researchers, private sector, farmers), at the regional, sub-regional, national and sub-national levels.
  1. Establish and/or strengthen national and regional centres of excellence to promote demonstration and upscaling of CSA and to enhance CSA research and development, and diffusion of CSA technologies and best practices.
  1. Encourage and incentivise the involvement of the private sector in the generation and application of knowledge on CSA.

C:        UpscalingClimate Smart Agriculture

  1. Develop the capacity, evidence, policy alignment, incentives and robust investment proposals to support investment and implementation in a CAADP Climate Investment Framework.
  1. Establish and/or strengthen the capacity of institutions (focal points, National Implementing Entities, farmers associations, outreach, extension services, research, etc.) to access and utilize finance and investments.
  1. Develop national and regional incentives and platforms for up-scaling private sector engagement and investment.

D:        CSA Alliance

  1. Establish an “Interim Ad hoc Working Group” on CSA to spearhead Africa’s engagement inupscaling of CSA and the CSA Alliance.
  1. Establish three sub-committees of the Working Group as: (1) Political and Enabling Environment (Co-conveners: Uganda, Seychelles and FANRPAN); (2) Knowledge (Co-conveners: Malawi, Ethiopia and ReSAKSS); and (3) Public and Private Investment (Co-conveners: Kenya, South Africa and SACAU).
  1. Nominates the United Republic of Tanzania as the Interim Chair of the Working Group.
  1. Nominates CCAFS as the interim Secretariat of the Working Group and its sub-committees.
  1. Requests AUC, NPCA, UNECA and its ACPC, AfDB, RECs and development partners to provide support the activities of the Working Group and its sub-committees.

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