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Rising climate change threatens food security

13 March 2014, 10:33 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The Ministry of Environment Secretary, Alice Kaundia has warned that the rising global warming is increasingly affecting food security especially for the poor in semi-arid areas.

Kaundia noted that the rising temperature, increasing drought and changes in precipitation are proving to be a threat to rural livelihoods thus posing danger to water resources and agricultural productivity.

“Climate change impacts will slow economic growth and impede poverty reduction, further eroding food security and creating new poverty traps,” said Kaundia.

She cited from the latest research conducted by Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) where she noted that poor farmers and pastoralists in semi arid areas are the most affected by climate change leading to reduced food production.

Kaundia stated that in 2005 the government had set aside KES 37 billion to cater for climate change effects up to 2015 with an additional KES 2.29 billion from international relieve.

She added that the government has launched a multi-dialect radio broadcast climate sensitization programme dubbed, ‘Radio Internet Program’ to reach a large number of people in addressing the climate change challenge.

The Secretary further said that both arid and semi-arid communities will benefit from the Adaption at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) research initiative facilitated by CARIAA that will enable residents to adopt strategies and relevant solutions in adjusting to the impacts posed by climate change.

Kaundia was speaking during the CARIAA African Regional Launch in Nairobi where she also hinted that the government is investing in dams and water plants to curb major challenges faced during drought season which makes Kenyans vulnerable to hunger.

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