Agricultores y pescadores deben producir más como parte de la adaptación al cambio climático
Farmers and fishers, especially those in small island states such as the Caribbean, must adapt to climate change even as they increase food production to meet the demands of a growing world population.
This was the charge delivered by Mr. Michael Hailu, Director of the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Cooperation on Agriculture and Rural Development (CTA), to the Joint Opening Ceremony of the Climate Change and Science and Technology Workshops in Roseau, Dominica, on Sunday.
The Joint Opening Ceremony was the first activity of the Tenth Caribbean Week of Agriculture being hosted in Roseau from 9-15 October, 2011, under the theme` Caribbean Food and Nutrition Security in a Changing Climate – the Nature Island Experience’.
Globally, food production must rise by 70 per cent to satisfy a population which is forecast to increase from seven to nine billion by 2050. Climate change adaptation therefore, was a priority for ACP countries to meet their development goals and eliminate hunger and poverty, the CTA Director said.
He acknowledged that ACP countries faced a “tremendous challenge”, ensuring food security under the threat of climate change.
“An increase in climatic variability – extreme droughts, the intensity of hurricanes, increased precipitation leading to floods, coastal erosion, intrusion of salt water, and loss of soil fertility – is having profound impact on agriculture production in the Caribbean and elsewhere,” he said.
He stressed the need for adequate financing, backed up by evidence and knowledge generated by researchers and validated by the people most impacted.
“Food security, adaptation and mitigation should be dealt with in an integrated manner, thus the need to include agriculture in global climate negotiations,” he pointed out.
The CTA, which has been a CWA partner since 2003, considered the CWA as a model for other ACP regions in bringing together all stakeholder groups to debate critical issues affecting food and nutrition security in the Region and recommending policy measures to address them, Mr. Hailu said.
“It is rare that the scientists, senior policy-makers, farmers and other agriculture stakeholders sit together and debate issues as it happens here during CWA,” he noted.