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  • Reply to: The challenge to be climate smart with the world’s agriculture   6 days 18 hours ago

    Very interesting article and comments.

  • Reply to: The challenge to be climate smart with the world’s agriculture   1 week 12 hours ago

    Very Informative Article. I belong to a farmer family from India. I've my own experience that farmer should use natural fertilizer which increases the crops/agricultural produce. Due to use of chemical fertilizer our land is become barren and also crops are become poisonous which effects our health. For making natural fertilizer peoples should use Animal feces which helps in increasing crop production per acre.

  • Reply to: The challenge to be climate smart with the world’s agriculture   1 week 13 hours ago

    To secure our ag production we have to adopt a way to reduce our exposure to the known vulnerabilities and associated risks. Producing ag indoors for both human consumption and livestock consumption is the only way. Some crops used for biofuels could still be grown outside. Using aquaponics we can go soilless and chemical free and reduce our use of water. Off grid, underground or even urban sites can be used to grow food anywhere, as long as you have energy and water. These solutions are beyond science fiction, they are realities. Aid is only an immediate, short term solution. As soon as aid starts, the planning must begin for a long term solution, that is sustainable. If the solution is not empowering but building dependencies or enabling it is not a solution but further exploitation and enslavement.

  • Reply to: To 'decarbonize' electricity supply, significant technological challenges remain   1 week 2 days ago

    The challenges we have in Kenya is usage of Non-renewable sources of energy, depleting resources e.g. Destruction of Forests for income and also as a source of Energy .i.e fuelwood. You people are way advanced. I would advocate for renewable sources of Energy. Our government has started projects on Geothermal Energy, Wind Energy in Isiolo and Meru, Kenya and we have been using HEP which is now being connected to the schools (in order to introduce digital education in primary schools- They are currently piloting in some schools.) and in rural areas for lighting. Since majority households use kerosine lamps and tin lamps which have other effects like indoor pollution, and health effects, academic performance etc and other major effects like climate change, when you consider the collective contribution of carbon from those households.I would also advocate for Solar Energy since we have Solar exposure all year round in different parts of the country especially the North Eastern region.

    Great Job Michael Toman.

  • Reply to: The challenge to be climate smart with the world’s agriculture   1 week 5 days ago

    The whole world wants to be SMART. Hence, smart cities and climate smart agriculture. The irony is we want to be smart by producing more, by investing more and by doing more. Is that smart?

    I think smart is when we achieve more by doing less!

    I am not a food sector person so I have to be careful in what I say. I also am not aware of all the work being done by us in the food sector so my comments may be misplaced. However, as a lay person, if I look at the ratio of food produced to the world’s population today and the same ratio say a hundred or a thousand years ago, my guess is that this ratio has been steadily increasing. This means that per capita food production has been rising. So we continue to produce more but at the same time poverty is not falling fast enough, malnutrition hasn’t been controlled and the earth has certainly been put under more stress.

    Are we really being smart!

    Can we look at some food related issues other than productivity to solve the world’s food and climate problem, and thus reduce the earth's exploitation. Can we look at food storage and food logistic efforts. Is it necessary to produce in bulk, then look for storage/ refrigeration, and then look for distant markets and then transport the food and then play with prices which usually are detrimental to the small farmer.

    Can we look at non-mechanised and local production/ consumption which are not resource intensive. Can we look at less refined and less processed foods where we needn’t produce 10 units for one unit of consumption. Can we look at non mechanized processing which is less wasteful. Can we look at nourishment and not just food which appeals to our sight, taste and smell.

    Can we try to protect the independence and self-sufficiency of the small farmer so that he is not dependent on the fertiizer or the seed company. Or should we continue to support the large multi national food producing and processing corporation which is focused on shareholder return and not on climate or sustainability. Can we look at the issue of minimum support prices and see who is benefitted!

    I am sure such efforts are already underway and we need to make sure that we talk about them and thus inspire others.

    I am sure we can switch the dialogue from 'more' to truly SMART.