In an effort to combat climate change in the country, at least 75 female farmers from two districts in Gbarpolu County are expected tomorrow to commence a two-day climate change adaptation sensitization training.
The expected exercise is under the auspices of a local NGO “Good Neighbor Women Empowerment” in collaboration with the Climate Change Adaptation Agriculture Project (CCAAP) of the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA).
The Assistant Minister for Technical Services at the MoA, Chea Garley made the disclosure to the Daily Observer Farmer Desk Monday, January 12, in Fendell, outside Monrovia.
Minister Garley stated that the awareness campaign is intended to provide knowledge to farmers on how to cope with climate change effects.
He explained that farmers in Gbarpolu County are experiencing the effect of climate change in crops production.
“Climate change is not a strange happening for farmers but it is the coping mechanism knowledge that farmers lack.
He said that it seriously undermines growth in the agricultural sector, so there is need that farmers get awareness.
According to Minister Gurley in order for farmers to overcome the impact of climate change, the current farming practices carried out by them must be changed.
“To ensure that farmers improve in agriculture, the MoA is encouraging farmers to prioritize lowland crop development.
He said that such agricultural practices will help to increase the production of food in the country.
The MOA CCAAP was established in 2011 with an assistance from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to enhance the resilience to climate change by mainstreaming adaptation concerns in development of the agriculture sector.
The project is a vehicle for implementing priority interventions identified in Liberia’s national adaptation program of action for the agriculture sector.
It is a four-year project now piloting in Grand Gedeh and Bong Counties.