Different players in agriculture field have commended the introduction of a knowledge sharing website aimed at addressing climate change in rural areas in the SADC region.
Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) introduced the knowledge sharing hub.
Speaking with the media, Knowledge Management and Communication Specialist in the Ministry of Agriculture Upile Muharika said the website will enable farmers in the SADC region to share knowledge and know what is happening in other countries.
Muharika added that this will also improve agricultural technologies through capacity building.
“People from different countries come together to know how they can grow crops such as maize sustainably, improving food security through increased agricultural productivity and incomes from the crops,” she explained.
She therefore asked for more public awareness about the website and the introduction of other platforms in order to reach the common farmer.
On her part, Technical Advisor for CCARDESA Bridget Kakuwa responded that they are introducing offline communication such as SMS to reach ordinary farmers.
Kakuwa added that climate change is already having severe impacts on agricultural production and food security in Southern Africa hence there is a need for adaptation and mitigation.
She said collaboration, knowledge sharing and capacity strengthening across and within countries are key in order to take climate -smart agriculture in SADC to scale.