National and international partners in Kenya are working together to implement climate-smart agricultural practices such as agroforestry.
EIN Presswire reports on a project funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) which is involving a range of partners aiming to “leverage investment as a key component of the management of natural resources and adaptation strategies.”
The project, Strengthening Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation in Land and Water Management, is being implemented by FAO and the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) in cooperation with other NGOs and government ministries responsible for agriculture, fisheries and irrigation.
It is estimated that 12,000 households will benefit from the project and improve their ability to adapt to climate risks. Farmers are being encouraged to diversify their production and create agroforestry systems, and they are gaining access to drought-resilient varieties and disease-free planting materials. In some areas, soil health is being improved through soil and water conservation measures, crop-residue mulching, leguminous cover crops and other sustainable land management practices.
Training and capacity building are key components of the project so that smallholder farmers can address climate change challenges through sustainable agriculture and complementary livelihood strategies that enhance carbon storage, ecosystem resilience and provide livelihood options.