SA to host agricultural conference

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Pretoria - South Africa will host the African Ministerial Conference on agriculture this week.

Organised by Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, the two-day African Ministerial Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The conference is intended to share experiences and to develop a common understanding among African Ministers of Agriculture on climate-smart agriculture. 

It also seeks to raise awareness around issues relevant to climate change in preparation for the upcoming COP 17 to be hosted by South Africa in Durban in December.

Earlier this month, Joemat-Pettersson said the food security threat posed by climate change was one of the greatest challenges facing the African continent.

"Africa has the responsibility to feed the world as well as its own African people, but we are faced with enormous climate change constraints such as severe drought, floods and dreadful diseases. Climate change is a serious threat to the agricultural field in the African continent," she said. - BuaNews

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