AGRA’s climate resilience interventions are designed around building capacities of smallholder farmers to enable them adapt to shocks and stresses brought about by climate change and variability, which affects the entire value chains of food systems.
To mitigate the impacts of climate change, AGRA screens and promotes climate smart practices that reduce and correct detrimental social, economic and environmental degradation as it pursues the Africa agriculture transformation.
Agriculture in Africa is mainly reliant on rain. In the face of climate change, farmers are increasingly vulnerable to weather and climate related shocks and stresses such as droughts, floods, cyclones, fires and disease.
The agriculture sector must therefore become climate-smart so that the entire value chain of food systems is able to cope with the challenge of climate change. Building resilience through adaptation is therefore a key priority area for AGRA.
Through an integrated approach and consortia, AGRA has been promoting practices and partnerships that provide early-maturing, drought tolerant, and multiple disease-resistant seeds and crop varieties to enable farmers cope with the changing climate and environment.
Supporting farmers to undertake agriculture activities in a manner that ensures prudent and sustainable management of environmental resources is key to increasing productivity and incomes, while enhancing resilience and as well protecting the environment. AGRA, through its extension services programme promotes good agronomic practices that ensure integrated soil fertility management as a key natural resource asset for farmers.
From 2006 AGRA has been working with partners in developing and deploying appropriate technologies that enhance productivity, and practices that build on agro-ecological knowledge that enable smallholder farmers to manage environmental degradation and climate change in ways that promote sustainable and inclusive agricultural growth.
AGRA continues to invest in generating knowledge and technologies that are more resilient and adaptable to various agro-ecological areas. One of the key focus areas include the promotion and use of climate and weather information services in smallholder agriculture value chains, integration of conservation agriculture practices (minimum tillage, cover crop usage, inter cropping etc) in extension services training; and environment and climate screening of all interventions.
AGRA has been promoting practices and partnerships that provide early-maturing, drought tolerant, and multiple disease-resistant seeds and crop varieties to enable farmers cope with the changing climate and environment