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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Climate Change: Concern Worldwide joins forces with 10 NGOs

Concern Worldwide has joined 10 NGOs in an alliance to reach 60 million farmer s in a new climate change approach over the next 7 years.

The African Union, announced that Concern Worldwide is one of the non-governmental organizations, NGOs,  joining a group of 10 global partners whose goal is to reach six million farm families with new Climate-Smart Agriculture approaches over the next seven years, NaijaAgronet gathered.

This was disclosed to NaijaAgronet  at the African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) at the 23rd African Union Summit on Agriculture and Food Security, in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

Known as the Africa Climate-Smart Agriculture Alliance, NaijaAgronet checks reveal that the group will contribute to the African Union’s goal of helping 25 million farmers become more resilient and achieve food and nutrition security by 2025. It will do so by aligning international NGO and research activities around existing agricultural investment plans, increasing coherence and coordination for greater impact.

Concern joins partners including Catholic Relief Services (CRS), World Vision, CARE, and the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in the new alliance.

In his reaction, Concern Worldwide CEO Dominic MacSorley ,said: “This is a hugely exciting initiative and we are delighted that Concern has been invited to bring its expertise and knowledge to what is a unique global partnership. Every day, our teams on the ground not only see first-hand the impact of climate change but are assisting the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people deal with the often catastrophic consequences. It is vital that the international community faces climate change with pioneering approaches like this that aim to quickly scale up on-farm assistance and link to technological advances. This new alliance is designed to achieve transformational impact; for women and men, for communities, and on agricultural systems, as they face floods, drought and other climate-related threats to their lives and livelihoods.”

Chukwudi Obi

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