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African agriculture and forests key to climate change mitigation
January 2009

Acknowledgements: FANRPAN acknowledges New Agriculturist as the source of this article: http://www.new-ag.info/


Smallholder farmers in Africa hold the key to adapting to and mitigating against climate change through sustainable agriculture and forests, says a bold initiative launched by African countries at the COP 14 meeting in Poznan, Poland. In supporting the Africa Climate Solution, a high level delegation called for the recognition of the contribution made by African agriculture and forestry to climate change mitigation.

According to Sindiso Ngwenya, Secretary General of COMESA, "Despite the expansion of the global market for carbon emissions, Africa has been left out in the cold from this trade." The Africa Climate Solution initiative calls for the inclusion of the widest range of bio-carbon - including afforestation, reforestation, agroforestry, enhanced natural regeneration, re-vegetation of degraded lands, reduced soil tillage, and other agricultural practices - in the climate change agreements to be concluded at the Copenhagen Summit in December 2009.

"We are saying reward our resource-poor farmers for contributing to efforts towards adapting and mitigating the effects of climate change," said Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, CEO of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) and lead advocate for Africa's civil society organisations (CSOs), who have added their voice and endorsed the African Climate Solution as a model for a better future after 2012.

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