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Friday, November 18, 2016

Agriculture contributes 20% greenhouse gas emissions

Agriculture has been identified to contribute to close to 20 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), reports NaijaAgroNet.

Disclosing this, FAO said, it has become a fundamental part of the solution to boost resilience and combat climate change impacts, especially in developing countries where agriculture is often the backbone of the economy.

Boosting agriculture, FAO said, could reduce malnutrition and poverty, create economic opportunities, and generate faster, fairer growth especially for young people.

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva pointed out that sustainable agriculture also improves the management of natural resources such as water; conserves biodiversity and ecosystem services; and increases carbon sequestration while easing the pressures that drive deforestation.

"We have to transform agriculture to make it more productive and more resilient at the same time. This transformation will help to address, at the same time, the triple threat of hunger, poverty and climate change," he said. 

Countries, NaijaAgroNet gathered, are recognizing this potential with unprecedented commitments, hence, FAO harped on scaling up international flows of climate finance and unlocking additional investment in adaptation in agricultural sectors is needed to give traction to the action.

Isaac Oyimah/GEE
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