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The Government of Madagascar with support from COMESA Secretariat hosted a business meeting of Development partners in support of the implementation of the Climate Smart Agriculture Investment plan.

 

 

The Climate Smart Agriculture investment  framework  which is anchored on the National Agriculture Investment Plan (NAIP) aims at building the resilience of the agriculture sector to impacts of Climate Change , promote reductions of  emissions of Green House Gases  and ensuring  attainment  of food security was validated in August 2015 .

 

Under the Climate Change programme, COMESA has partnered with the Government of Madagascar on Climate Proofing its NAIP.  The process of Climate developing the Climate Smart Investment framework in support of the NAIP has been concluded.

 

CSA has been prioritized as an important intervention at national level and is one of the major interventions listed in the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).

 

The COMESA Secretariat provides financial support for the convening of the Meeting.

 

The Director General of Agriculture, Mrs. Voahangy Arijaona of the Ministry of Agriculture graced the opening ceremony. She thanked COMESA for providing technical and financial support for the development of the CSA investment Framework.

 

Mrs Arijaona noted that the Government of Madagascar has prioritised the implementation of Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) within the framework of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Plan (CAADP).

 

She stressed the importance of accessing Climate Financing for scaling up of the proven Climate Smart Agriculture Practices in Madagascar especially that agriculture is an important part of the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC).

 

“We call on all the developmental partners to help us in supporting our farmers to upscale the implementation of a number of Climate Smart Agriculture practices that have been highlighted in Climate Investment Framework”

 

She informed the partners that the Government will develop a concept note on CSA which will be submitted to the Green Climate Fund and all the bilateral partners funding agriculture and Climate change.

 

Speaking on Behalf of the Secretary General, COMESA Climate Change Coordinator Mr Chikakula Miti noted that the meeting was being organised just after the Globe reached an agreement on Climate Change.   He noted that Madagascar is among the first few COMESA countries that have been supported in piloting Climate Smart Agriculture Interventions.

 

Mr. Miti said COMESA will support the Government of Madagascar in the implementation of CSA.

 

As a follow up to the business meeting, the Government organized a meeting to develop a concept note on CSA which will be presented to Green Climate Fund as part of the INDCs to be supported.