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Agriculture Ministry to tackle climate change-related issues

By James Akoi

( Agriculture Ministry has set up a new partnership with stakeholders in the Agriculture sector to tackle climate change-related issues.

The University of Liberia (UL) and Cuttington University are part of the new partnership. Under the arrangement, climate change-related courses will be taught at these learning institutions.

According to stakeholders in the Agriculture sector, information and adaptation to climate change is insufficient in academic and research institutions in Liberia.

Agriculture sector stakeholders said: “Climate change research, risk management and adaptation are issues that are rarely discussed among technical stakeholders in the Agriculture sector.”

The Project Monitoring Unit Director at the Agriculture Ministry, Moses Zinnah, is quoted as saying: “Doubling food production, considering land and water degradation and increasing population remain a clear challenge.”

Mr. Zinnah also noted: “Projected risks threaten small skill farmers.”

He spoke at the start of a two-day validation of training modules for short courses at the University of Liberia and Cuttington University.

Also speaking, the Coordinator of Climate Change Adaptation and Agriculture Project at the Agriculture Ministry, Roland Lepoe, said: “The essence of the exercise is to bring together relevant stakeholders to share best practices that would help tackle climate change and mainstream issues to the environment.”

“They will also review two draft courses on economic and natural science,” Mr. Lepoe said.


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