A section of farmers under the Eastern and South African Small Scale Farmers Forum (ESAFF) have called upon developed countries to address issues concerning climate change in the world, Africa and Uganda in particular.
“As we commemorate 25 years of progress toward food sovereignty, the COP 26 agreements fall far short of ensuring a food system that feeds people in a way that is sensitive to different types of food, production conditions, and the relationship between this food and production processes with labor, the environment, and local and indigenous communities,” Hakim Baliraine, the ESAFF Regional and National Chairperson told reporters on Saturday at their headquarters in Kampala.
“We want Climate Justice now. ESAFF Uganda strongly believes that agro ecology achieves climate justice with proven serious solutions to climate crisis crucial for climate mitigation and adaptation,” he added.
Agroecology, he said is gaining traction as one innovative approach to meet the current needs without jeopardizing those of future generations to sustain themselves, and at the same time delivering healthy diets, biodiversity conservation, contributing to reducing the negative effects of climate change, and ensuring just and inclusive food systems that leave no one behind.
“We emphasis that agro ecology is a critical component of the transition and that market-based solutions will not provide climate justice.”
The farmers added that pests, vectors, diseases, floods, landslides, lightening, and prolonged droughts sparked by climate change across Uganda, coupled with the pandemics bring to light the emergency of climate crisis facing the planet.
“We strongly believe that small-scale farmers therefore must be at the heart of the Global Climate Crisis Negotiations given the impact that climate change makes on agriculture and the livelihood of small scale farmers especially women in the rural areas of Uganda,” Christine Nakijuna, a farmer representative from Mukono said.