The Government of Kenya, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), launched the Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Implementation Framework to guide the implementation of CSA approaches, strategies, practices and technologies as envisioned in the national CSA Strategy 2017-2026.
According to a report by UNDP, the programme was launched through the joint FAO-UNDP Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans Programme (NAP-Ag) and is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), through its International Climate Initiative (IKI).
Speaking at the launch event in Nairobi, Dr. Gabriel Rugalema, FAO Representative in Kenya, commented:
“A plan is nothing if not implemented; it is only an intention for action. We need to put in time, effort and other resources to implement the document. I therefore urge development partners, private sector, other UN Agencies, civil society and other value chain actors to support the Ministry of Agriculture in implementing the framework.”
Rugalema also said that climate change has increased the cost of doing business in the agricultural industry and that the CSA Implementation Framework would help transform the agriculture sector in Kenya. He added:
“The FAO will continue to work with the Government of Kenya at all levels to ensure that the CSA Implementation Framework is successfully rolled out and implemented.”
The CSA Implementation Framework is aligned with Kenya’s National Adaptation Plan (NAP) as well as the National Climate Change Action Plan 2018-2022. The Kenya CSA Implementation Framework is a result of collaborative efforts between the Ministry of Agriculture, FAO and UNDP through the IKI-supported NAP-Ag global programme, NEPAD, COMESA and the CGIAR’s Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, UNDP reported.
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