Finland funds scheme to counter climate change
From MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – FINLAND and the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) have signed an agreement of the implementation of the Adaptation for Ecosystem Resilience in Africa (AFERIA) for 2016/17.
The Embassy of Finland in Nairobi confirmed the agreement, which is to the value of €1 million.
This new initiative is a continuation of a programme named “Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystem Services and Food Security in Eastern Africa” (2011-2015) and aims to implement research-based interventions to manage
climate risks and reduce vulnerability in the highlands of eastern Africa.
It is aimed at supporting the ability of smallholder farming families living around fragile mountain ecosystems in eastern Africa to adapt to the impacts of climate variability and change through research-based interventions.
AFERIA, the two-year initiative will be coordinated by the Nairobi-headquartered International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), with funding from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
Through climate change adaptation action plans and technology transfer, the AFERIA Project will disseminate research findings on climate change impacts and implement research-based interventions in different agro-ecological zones including: the Taita Hills and Murang’a County in Kenya; Mount Kilimanjaro region in Tanzania and the Jimma Highlands of Ethiopia.
The Project will cooperate with national and local organizations to reach smallholder farmers, especially women and special needs groups. Among the adaptation technologies to be transferred to communities are: drip irrigation, roof rain water harvesting, conservation agriculture, farm forestry and insect pest management.
– CAJ News
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