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Enhancing Nigeria’s food production with CSA

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By Usman Oladimeji

CSA integrates cutting-edge farming techniques to reduce carbon footprint.

Nigeria has been undeniably battling with the issue of limited food production in recent years. Factors such as high levels of insecurity leading to the displacement of many farmers, inadequate areas for small-scale farmers, and the detrimental effects of climate change have all contributed to this growing concern. While small-holding agriculture may have a minimal role in causing climate change, its vulnerability to the effects of climate change has become more apparent. Failure to adapt to these changes could result in a rise in the number of malnourished individuals.

In preparation for the 2024 farming season in Nigeria, it is crucial to look at the long-standing agricultural practices in order to pinpoint its deficiencies that could be improved with modern techniques. Embracing Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) is essential for boosting productivity and minimizing losses amidst the challenges brought about by climate change. CSA is a revolutionary approach that integrates cutting-edge farming techniques and technology to not only increase crop yields, but also promote environmental sustainability by minimizing its carbon footprint.

Implementing a sustainable food system is crucial.

Climate smart agriculture stands out due to its unique emphasis on tackling climate change within the agricultural sector, building upon established farming practices and sustainability principles. Among the dire global issues facing us today is climate change and food and nutrition insecurity issues. Hence, it is crucial to implement a sustainable food system in order to protect the environment and guarantee access to food for everyone. Recent events nationwide highlight the necessity for Nigeria to fully adopt CSA to prevent the imminent threat of food insecurity.

It is important to recognize that the current global agri-food system is responsible for one-third of total emissions, and with the projected increase in demand for food to feed a growing global population of 9.7 billion by 2050, the need for sustainable agriculture practices is more essential than ever. The World Bank has reported that the connection between food production and agricultural growth, combined with the unsustainable utilization of land and resources, results in a harmful cycle that contributes to a rise in emissions. Recent studies have also revealed a concerning uptick in agricultural emissions in countries such as Nigeria. It is crucial that this alarming trend is addressed and reversed promptly.

Increased funding for climate smart agriculture is essential.

If prompt action is not taken, emissions from food systems will continue to increase as food production continues to rise. To combat this issue, Climate-smart Agriculture has been introduced as a comprehensive strategy to improve food security, encourage sustainable development, and tackle climate change. Successful implementation of CSA is expected to yield significant benefits, such as enhanced productivity. Increasing agricultural productivity through sustainable practices which allows for the creation of more nutritious food without depleting natural resources.

Also, it has the potential to enhance food security, increase incomes, and benefit the majority of the global population living in rural regions who depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. Utilizing climate-smart agriculture methods effectively can help mitigate the impact of droughts, pests, diseases, and other climate-related risks. It also enhances resilience against prolonged challenges such as fluctuating seasons and unpredictable weather patterns while also playing a role in decreasing greenhouse gas emissions associated with food production. Increased funding for CSA is essential to showcase the acknowledgement of the role the agri-food system plays in the climate change crisis.

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As part of its effort, the World Bank has made a substantial increase in its focus and funding towards CSA. With Agriculture, Food, Water and Land highlighted as a priority in its Climate Change Action Plan (2021-2025), the World Bank is committed to addressing the goals set forth in the Paris Agreement. Funding for CSA has grown significantly since the agreement was put in place, with the World Bank now providing nearly $3 billion annually, which is eight times more than before. In addition to the World Bank’s commitment, other national and regional organizations’ support is required to effectively implement the initiative.

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