African and Asia Farmers Leaders, Climate Experts, Academicians Meet In Uganda

Women in Nawankonge village in Uganda, discussing the seasonal climate forecast in the first season rains. FAMELIpix

Kampala:David Nsiyonna Luganda Kampala, Uganda
Leading Climate Experts, farmers together with academicians have concluded a three day conference in Kampala, Uganda to hammer out ways pf laying the foundation for farmers networks in Africa and South Asia to enhance climate services on the two continents.

The Conference,'Improving Climate Service for For Farmers n Africa and south Asia (ICSFASA), was opened by Dr. James Mutende, Minister of State for Technology in Uganda who stressed the importance of modernizing agriculture as a means of attaining sufficient food security for Africa.

Delegates from over Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi. Ghana, Ethiopia, Nepal and Uganda agreed on the urgent need to get the continental farmer networks to educate their members on the timely use of climate information for o farm decision making in all countries.

Farming systems in both Africa and South Asia depend on rain fed agriculture that puts great risk to productivity. The regions in the recent past have suffered from constant droughts and floods putting great risk life and property.

The Africa regional conference is the first of three major meetings wit the second due to take place in Pune, India in December. The Pune meeting will enable delegates from Asia joined by a few from Africa will deliberate on the challenges an opportunities in Asia, This will culminate in an inter regional meet that will take place in Addis Ababa in February 2015.

The USAID sponsored project is run by SCIFODE in Uganda in collaboration with the Farmers Media Link Center.