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The Food Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) in partnership with the Kenya Node and Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) held a multi-stakeholder Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) National Policy Dialogue on 23 June 2016, at the Hilton Hotel, Nairobi.
The event was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries as well as researchers from universities and other stakeholder organizations. The media was also present to cover the event.
KIPPRA’s acting Executive Director Dr Dickson Khainga gave opening remarks, noting that KIPPRA and FANRPAN had collaborated in many projects since 2011 when Kenya joined FANRPAN. KIPPRA is the interim node hosting institution for FANRPAN in Kenya and the two institutions have collaborated in projects related to climate change, climate smart agriculture, capacity building initiatives as well as various policy research and advocacy activities in the food, agriculture and natural resources sectors.
FARNPAN Secretariat representative, Sithembile Ndema, outlined FANRPAN’s effort in promoting effective food, agriculture and natural resources policies to ensure a food-secure Africa.
Ms Lucy Ng’ang’a, an agriculture and climate change expert in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, represented the Principal Secretary Dr Richard Lesiyampe and officially opened the meeting. Ms Ng’ang’a noted that the ministry was in the process of finalizing a climate smart agriculture strategy that would guide the implementation of climate smart initiatives throughout the country.
The focus of the dialogue, however, was on two reports. The first one is ‘A comprehensive scoping and assessment study of Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Policies for Kenya’. The second document was by Kenya’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and titled ‘Kenya’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC)’. The INDC document details Kenya’s response to the decisions adopted at the 19th and 20th sessions of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Paris in 2015.
The first report was presented by Dr Stephen Wambugu from Chuka University while Michael Okumu from the Climate Change Secretariat in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources presented the INDC report. Dr Wambugu noted that before the enactment of the Climate Change Act 2016, Kenya did not have explicit CSA policies. The study noted a number of interventions that are necessary to enhance CSA policies and activities, and made recommendations for the government and stakeholders to consider.
Mr Okumu noted that 83% of Kenya is arid or semi-arid, making the country vulnerable to climate change effects. He added that although the INDCS were drawn from Kenya Vision 2030, there was need to mainstream climate mitigation strategies into the Medium Term Plans.
The presentations were followed by a plenary discussion where participants commented on the two presentations and gave suggestions and possible areas of improvement to ensure the successful adoption of CSA initiatives in Kenya. The lead researchers took note of the concerns and promised to relook the findings with a view of incorporating the comments into the report.
KIPPRA’s policy analysts Mr Joshua Laichena and John Nyangena, who also organized and moderated the event, thanked the participants for their attendance and contributions.