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AGRA offers support to boost Agricultural Innovations

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The Alliance for a Green Revolution (AGRA) has partnered with  Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate) as a knowledge partner.

Launched at COP26, AIM for Climate is a UAE-US joint initiative that works to speed up investments and support for climate-smart agriculture and food systems innovation.

AIM for Climate is hoping to get the sum of $8 billion from public and private-sector partners for climate-smart agriculture and food systems innovation by November 2022 at the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27).

AGRA supports the objectives of the global initiative as a Knowledge Partner of AIM for Climate and intends to create opportunities that will boost the agricultural sector of African countries and their readiness to invest and also support smallholder farmers adapt to the effects of climate change.

This engagement flowed from a meeting with Mariam Almheiri, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, who shared more about the AIM for Climate initiative, and its goal to catalyse solutions at the intersection of agriculture and climate.

The UAE Minister met with AGRA President, Dr. Agnes Kalibata, and a delegation of Ministers and senior government leaders from Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda during the Agriculture, Food and Livelihoods Week hosted at the Expo 2020 Dubai.

Dr. Kalibata said commitments and action will be needed if smallholders are to adapt to the changing climate.

“If no action is taken, climate impacts will lead to overall yield reductions of up to 30% by 2050, while extreme weather events will result in higher losses of post-harvest quality and quantity.

AGRA is proud to join the AIM for Climate as a Knowledge Partner and to engage with other participants to seek to accelerate the adoption of solutions through its Innovation Sprints,” she said.

During the Expo, the AGRA President also discussed important opportunities with the World Bank, the Committee on World Food Security, EAT Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Nourishing Africa to support African countries in financing their transitions to more sustainable food systems in the follow-up from the Food Systems Summit.

“Our aim at AGRA is to work closely with African governments to help them access platforms for mobilizing resources to push their commitment to transform their food systems forward and translate them into concrete strategies and action. This involves setting targets and reforms to be affected,” she said, adding:

“Together with our partners, AGRA is proud to launch the AGRF to be held in Kigali, Rwanda, in September 2022 to support building these implementation plans and bringing Africa’s voice together on food security and climate to COP27 in Egypt later this year.”