By Amos Njau
Greenpeace Africa has urged Kenyan across the country to adopt ecological farming method to mitigate the effects of the climate change.
Speaking during farmers’ workshop Ms. Claire Nasike Akello said that the farming method has its own benefits to farmers as it promotes diversification, maintains soil structure and retains soil temperature thus makes the farms and livelihood more resilient to climate change.
She said that the farming method can increase farmers’ yield by building on and enhancing the knowledge of smallholders by modern technologies of eco farming without the use of expensive chemical inputs.
“Ecological farming can ensure there is enough food for Kenyans while at the same time reducing the detrimental environmental impact,” she said.
Ms Nasike noted that if all farmers across the country encourage the use of the alternative farming the cases of food shortage will be history.
She claimed that excessive use of chemicals on the farms destroyers the existing soil microorganisms that helps in modifying soil structures and improves aerations.
He has also called on the county governments to train farmers and the benefits associated with the alternative farming which is less costly compared to the use of chemicals.
He said the governments should invests on equipping farmers with skills that in future can help to mitigate climate change.
“I would like to urge both national and county government to equip farmers with farming knowledge that can help the country to fight the scarcity of food especially in dry seasons,” she noted.
A research done by Greenpeace Africa shows that agriculture contribute to 14 % of all human caused greenhouse gas emission ,mostly from the production and use of synthetic fertilizers and from livestock.
A cross the country, the GDP growth in agriculture is at least twice as effective in reducing poverty as GDP growth originating outside agriculture.