Combat climate change to boost food security
SEE ALSO :Global landmarks go dark for Earth HourClimate change adaptation involves adjustments in technological innovations, ecological, social and economic systems. If the thoughts carried in a number of persuasion theories can be evoked to guide message packaging, messages powerful enough to build the adaptive capacity of individuals, groups, or organisations to adapt will translate to successful adaptation. Carefully packaged climate change messages that effectively raise awareness and motivate have not been given publicity to desired degrees by mass media, decision makers and planners. Future development stakeholders need to exploit the now available climate change adaptation knowledge and media to effectively evoke stallholder farmers to effectively join effort in up scaling uptake of adaptation methods and ensure food security. In Rarieda, one of the six sub counties of Siaya, where the uptake of adaptation methods is low, the county government alongside a number of NGOs among them Ace Africa and Wellthughilfe and agricultural officers are taking the lead to tame the effects of climate change. The strengths, weaknesses, challenges and available opportunities are being explored, resolved and exploited to formulate successful adaptation methods that increase resilience; land productivity, food security to improve livelihoods. In its 2018-2022 County Integrated development plan, Siaya County government has planned to revive three dormant water dams, Nyalnawe, Adhiri and Uranga dams, to boost sustainable irrigation based agriculture. The Ace Africa working with small holder farmers in Ruma, Uyoma is encouraging solar irrigation and its German counterpart, Welthungerhilfe is encouraging climate smart agriculture, (CSA). All these make for good ground for the community to join government efforts in fighting food insecurity that has for decades resulted in loss of lives countrywide.
Register to advertise your products & services on our classifieds website Digger.co.ke and enjoy one month subscription free of charge and 3 free ads on the Standard newspaper.