Climate Change Conference Stipulates Resillience

May 27 , 2023

A conference focused on agro-innovation to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in the face of a changing climate was held last week. The discussion focussed on integrating digital agricultural data with climate information services to give out better forecasts amidst a climate crisis. The project has provided support to 240,032 individuals, of which 35pc are women. According to Dawit Solomon (PhD), the program leader for the AICCRA project in East and Southern Africa,  AICCRA's quality of products, tools, and services exceeded the 75pc target, demonstrating its commitment to climate-smart agriculture. The event was held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture, in partnership with the Agricultural Transformation Institute, International Livestock Research Institute, and AICCRA-Ethiopia. Abraham Endrias, director general of Green Agro Solution Plc, said much work needed to be done as only 107,000 farmers have access to digital agro solutions out of the 16 million.


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