Include Climate Change in Budgets for Agricultural Productivity- Groups

ActionAid Nigeria and the Small Scale Women Farmer Organisation in Nigeria (SWOFON) have called on governments at all levels to make provision for climate change in their budgets for agricultural productivity.

According to the organisations, Climate Resilient Sustainable Agriculture (CRSA)/Agroecology and issues of climate change should be included in governments’ budgets for the achievement of sustainable development in the country.

Speaking at a media parley organised by ActionAid in conjunction with the Budget Committee Group in Lokoja, the Kogi Coordinator, SWOFON, Mrs Safiya Yahaya, said it was very unfortunate and wrong that issues around climate change are not mentioned in budgets, despite the belief that it has a strong impact on agricultural productivity.

“It is recommended that the budget should promote climate-resilient sustainable agriculture/agroecology in agricultural practices through the provision of a good budget line for agroecology towards boosting food production in Nigeria,” she said.

Yahaya noted that farmers in Kogi had suffered losses as a result of climate changes, which stresses the need for the inclusion of research and development in the state’s agriculture budget.

Furthermore, she charged the state government to adopt an agricultural insurance scheme, especially for smallholder women farmers as key to protection against natural and man-made disasters such as the destruction of farms by cattle, floods, pests and other natural disasters, and to enable Kogi farmers to access the services.

“We expect the Kogi governor to have the political will through timely and total releases of yearly allocated funds to the agriculture sector as well as an increase in funding for agriculture donor projects.

The state government must increase its funding to the sector to meet the 10 per cent Maputo Declaration,” she added.

Meanwhile, ActionAid Nigeria and SWOFON are a coalition of women farmers across Nigeria working to promote women-friendly agricultural policies and increase women’s access to land, farm inputs and funding.

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