African fund pledges $1.5 million to climate resilience programs in island nations

By AT editor - 18 November 2016 at 5:38 am
African fund pledges $1.5 million to climate resilience programs in island nations

Six African island nations will get economic development support designed to help make their agriculture more resilient to climate impacts, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization said Thursday.

Farmers in Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome and Principe – as well as Mauritius, Comoros, and Seychelles – will benefit from shared knowledge and training on climate-smart food production, and the strategies to bring products to market.

The Africa Solidarity Trust Fund will support the initiative with $1.5 million to improve sea harvests with “fish magnets” that attract more fish to catch, and to boost yields on land with stress-resilient crops. The funding also supports regional trade and other marketing mechanisms designed to combat food insecurity.

Because island-nation livelihoods depend heavily on fisheries, tourism and crop production, climate change has the potential for significant impacts in the future and reversals of progress already achieved.

The agreement was signed on the sidelines of COP22 in Marrakech, the UN’s global climate conference focused on translating the Paris Agreement signed last year into plans for action.

The Africa Solidarity Trust Fund is an Africa-led agricultural initiative launched in 2013. The fund draws on contributions from Equatorial Guinea ($30 million), Angola ($10 million) and a symbolic contribution by civil society organizations in the Republic of the Congo.

Image: Government of Mauritius

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