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We Want Agriculture to be part of the deal we are getting out of Qatar

04 December 2012, Simba Radio

Agriculture experts and advocates at the ongoing climate change negotiations in Qatar are blaming political leaders whose responsibility it’s to ensure food security for their citizens for failing to ensure that agriculture is a major topic at the talks. Chief Executive Officer of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda is concerned that political leaders particularly from Africa are ignoring agriculture which is the mainstay of their economies. The talks are mainly centering on how developed countries could reduce their carbon emissions and the money they need to pay developing countries to protect the environment through things like planting trees and using clean energy. She says climate change is already wrecking serious havoc in Africa where agriculture is still rain-fed and that the negotiations should be discussing measures to safeguard the sector by ensuring policies that bring more money for research and deliver appropriate technologies for farmers to adapt. Dr. Sibanda noted that one billion people go to bed hungry every day and that number is going to double as the world wastes time talking and not creating policies for increased investments for agriculture.

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