National adaptation planning for the agriculture sector

The ministries of Environment, water and Natural Resource (MEWNR), and Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MALF) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) organized a National adaptation planning event for the agriculture sector.  This came in as a result of the Government of Kenya (GoK) acknowledging the reality of climate change as delineated from observed data and inferred impacts on the different socio-economic sectors through the publication of the National Climate Change Response Strategy (NCCRS) in the year 2010. For a period close to two years mid-2011, the GoKspearhead the process to develop a comprehensive National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) 2013-2017 to implement the NCCRS. The process included a whole spectrum of stakeholders, including the private sector, the academia, the civil society and government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs). It involved wide stakeholder consultants at both national and county levels. This was in recognition of the across cutting nature of climate change and the need for ownership by the different actors.

The NCCAP summarizes the proposed intervention actions to address climate change adaptation and mitigation across the different sectors of the economy. It also recommends a low carbon climate resilient development pathway, synthesizing adaptation, mitigation and sustainable development needs. Efforts are ongoing to develop the NCCAP adaptation actions into a National Adaptation Plan (NAP). This will not only further elaborate the actions for ease of implementation, but also move the country towards the implementation of the Cancun Agreements. A major objective of the Cancun Adaptation Framework(CAF) is to ‘enhance action on adaptation, including through international cooperation and coherent consideration of matters relating to adaptation under the Convention’, with a view to reducing vulnerability and building resilience in developing country parties, taking into account the urgent and immediate needs of those developing countries that are particularly vulnerable.

This comes in handy as the Kenya flower industry takes a lead in developing a unified response to climate change communication through practical and localized accounting and management solutions for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions, energy efficiency and improved water usage. This has been achieved by developing a functional sectorial GHG and Carbon reduction, resources and opportunities toolkit (CaRROT)as well as self-regulating voluntary management standards to support the toolkit.Carbon reduction, resources and opportunities toolkit was successfully launched on 11th September 2013.

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