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Agriculture technology is key to ending food insecurity, expert says

By Jaysim Hanspal

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Posted on September 16, 2022 08:31

 © Wheat stem with pustules caused by stem rust. Photo credit: Thomas Lumpkin/CIMMYT.
Wheat stem with pustules caused by stem rust. Photo credit: Thomas Lumpkin/CIMMYT.

Ahead of the COP27 summit in Sharm El Sheikh, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is promising to take action on climate change and its impact on the growing food insecurity engulfing the continent.

The UN’s Food and Agricultural branch recently warned of severe drought in the Horn of Africa, the worst in more than 40 years which has left 18 million people facing famine in Ethiopia, Somalia, and parts of Kenya.

Despite growing insecurity and concern among African NGOs and activists, Enock Chikava, Interim Director for Foundation’s Agricultural Development branch, remains cautiously optimistic about the future of Agriculture on the continent.

With more readily available data about the climate and the most recent $4.5 billion pledge by the G7, Chikava says the Foundation will be “taking action on several other promises in the past from the 2015 Paris agreement”.

The continent, which emits less than four per cent of total greenhouse emissions, is being ravaged by climate change, with survival coming at a cost. A recent IPCC report estimated it would cost $140 billion a year to adapt

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