Obama Launches ‘Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture’

Obama Launches ‘Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture’

Climate change is showing its impacts in the US in the worst possible way, be it the record droughts in Kansas and California or the recent series of deadly wildfires. These conditions have a strong negative impact across the developing world as well.

The cost of cultivation is on the rise and amid such bad climatic conditions, it is getting very difficult for small farmers to survive.

Considering this fact, President Obama officially launched the "Global alliance for climate smart agriculture" at the United Nations Secretary General's Climate Summit on Tuesday.

This idea was eventually realized eight months ago in an international delegation of leaders that included many from the USDA, the State Department, and USAID. They all had met in South Africa for the Global Conference on Climate Change, Food Security, and Agriculture. The group discussed a more sustainable path to food security, a path that will preserves the environment along with the broad-based economic growth. Hence, the idea for the global alliance for climate smart agriculture came.

The alliance's solutions will provide a platform that will cover all type of climate and agricultural system. It will be done by encourage better crop, livestock, and aquaculture varieties that are able to tolerate extreme heat, drought, and floods. Besides, testing and deploying innovative tools for farmers, like weather-indexed crop and livestock insurance to help communities build resilience to severe weather will also be done.

This alliance has an inclusive, innovative, and evidence-based approach to the issue of food security as with this there can be collaborate on agricultural practices, investment inflows and sustainable agriculture practices. It also aims at providing farmers, particularly women, with greater economic opportunities so it will also contribute towards reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

The alliance will work along the lines of the US Global Climate Change Initiative. Expertise and experience will be seen grappling with climate change challenges in more than 50 developing countries around the world.

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