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Sustainable Land, Watershed Management and Climate Change Conference, Ethiopia

  • Posted on:  Monday, 26 May 2014 00:00

The Eastern and Southern Africa consortia was invited to give a speech on the consortia concept in relation to Sustainable Land, Watershed Management and Climate Change held at Axum Hotel Mekelle, Ethiopia between the 26th and 27th May of 2014. The conference was co-organized by Mekelle University (MU) and the Environmental Economics Policy Forum for Ethiopia (EEPFE). While addressing a plenary of over 70 international participants, Dr. James Mutegi identified land degradation, climate change and low crop yields as key problems affecting over 70% of sub-Saharan Africa. Using examples from Eastern, Western and Southern Africa, James effectively demonstrated the success stories of ISFM in reversing land degradation, declining crop yields and buffering farming systems against climate variability and other crop production stresses brought by climate change. He went further to emphasize that  ISFM would work best especially when implemented within the framework of 4R nutrient stewardship which emphasizes on the Right source of nutrients, Right nutrient rates, applying nutrients at the right time and applying at the right place. As agricultural production involves multiple stakeholders, James explained how the Eastern and southern Africa and West Africa consortia are bringing together actors involved in actual production, extension, soil health, plant breeding, economics and policy development to maximize farmers benefits from past and current research and reduce wastage of investment. The role of easily searchable database of what ISFM technologies work where and effective client specific communication products were discussed. The presentation attracted a heated debate on the need to link all stakeholders from farmers to scientists to policy and the input - output markets for management of natural capital, boosting food security and livelihoods in sub-Sahara Africa.

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