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SWOFON Urges Govt to Promote Climate-resilient, Sustainable Agricultural Practices

The Small-Scale Women Farmers Organisation in Nigeria (SWOFON) and the Gombe State Budget Committee Group have issued warnings on the threat of climate change to food security, calling on the government to promote climate-resilient sustainable agriculture practices.

SWOFON Gombe State Coordinator, Mrs. Airudia Mamman disclosed this on Friday while presenting the 2024 agriculture budget observations and recommendations. She further stressed the need for the government to embrace agroecology.

This approach, she explained, would not only boost productivity but also harness the state’s potential in achieving food security.

The presentation was supported by the Hope Foundation for the Lonely and ActionAid Nigeria.

“With increase in climatic changes (e.g global warming, floods, etc.) and its adverse effects on the yield in agriculture together with the insecurity as a result of food insecurity, there is need for climate resilient/agroecological practices and technology for sustainable food production to mitigate climate change,” Mamman stated.

“These practices include improved soil and land management practices, crop production interventions and cropping systems organic manures and pesticide etc.”

Mamman also lamented a critical gap in the 2024 budget, specifically the lack of provisions for Climate Resilient Sustainable Agriculture. 

She pointed out that this omission has persisted for years, despite continuous advocacy efforts by the Budget Committee urging the government to adopt climate-resilient sustainable agricultural practices in response to global climate change.

“The situation has been the same for years despite advocacies by the Budget committee for the government to adopt climate resilient sustainable agriculture due to climatic change globally,” she said.

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