Closing Remarks by the Permanent Secretary of Agriculture Fisheries and Livestock

Publication date: 
27 August 2015
Author: 
Mr Julius Shawa

The FANRPAN Board Chairman
Representative from COMESA
FANRPAN Node Representatives and Members
FANRPAN regional secretariat staff
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

CHAIRPERSON,

I have been briefed and have read news reports that you have deliberated on important issues on Climate Smart Agriculture. From what I hear it looks like we all agree that Climate Smart Agriculture is a ‘best potential way’ to steer agricultural research and development into a new era of global efforts to advance people’s food and nutrition security.

Yesterday I understand that you discussed at length policy options and innovative approaches for early action to accelerate deployment of promising CSA technologies and, practices with a particular emphasis on strengthening adaptation and application in Africa. I am eager to get the report of this policy dialogue so that we can see what policy advice you have for the Ministry. I will be expecting our colleagues at the Agriculture Consultative Forum to submit this to us before our teams pack their bags for Paris!

Chairperson, the diversity of participants present here, who include farmers, researchers, journalists, international NGOs, youth and donors, made the policy dialogue to have wide experiences, and share ideas. I would like to urge the journalists present in this dialogue to make better reporting on the need for policy research and dialogue that triggers agricultural growth in our countries.

I am glad that you gave our Zambian farmers mama Mary Ndjovu from Lundazi District, Eastern Province and Mr. Elemani Mumba from Chilanga District, Lusaka Province to bring their everyday experiences to the room.

I would like us to applaud these farmers!

Of particular interest to me are the discussions that you had this morning on domestic climate finance. You will recall that yesterday, I called on you Mr Chairman to go to Paris and bring us the money that we need in Africa to be able to adapt to climate change. I think at this point I can show off that in Zambia our Interim Inter-Ministerial Climate Change Secretariat is housed under the Ministry of Finance. This is Zambia’s national coordinating body for all climate change related activities in the country. If you are talking about climate financing what better place can there be for the coordinating body for all climate change related activities in the country to be housed?

But we still have a long way to go and Mr Chair we need the financing so that our farmers can adapt to climate change, so do take our plea to Paris!

Ladies and gentlemen, as a region we need to learn from each other, that is why I am happy to see that FANRPAN structured the programme for this policy dialogue to allow for cross pollination of ideas. I have no doubt that the participants will go back to their respective countries with an improved understanding of the potential of CSA in addressing the challenges of food security in the face of climate change.

I know that one of the objectives of this policy dialogue was to come up with recommendations for Africa’s UNFCCC Negotiators on Africa’s position on agriculture and climate change to take to Paris, but I believe that the recommendations will also go a long way in guiding our activities and efforts in ensuring that our farmers sustainably increase productivity, resilience, reduce greenhouse gases emissions, and enhance achievement of national food security and development goals.

Finally, on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, I would like to thank all the delegates from the region, FANRPAN Regional Secretariat and the Agriculture Consultative Forum for organising this successful regional policy dialogue.

I Thank You!