Kenya’s Robin Mbae on livestock and climate change at Berlin’s Global Forum for Food and Agriculture
Robin Mbae, deputy director of livestock production at the Kenya Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, presenting at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (photo credit: ILRI/Susan MacMillan).
On 19 Jan 2018, one of ten expert panel discussions at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) was held on Sustainable solutions to the livestock sector: The time is ripe! This two-hour session was organized jointly by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (GASL) and the Livestock Global Alliance (LGA).
This session was moderated by ILRI Assistant Director General Shirley Tarawali. Following a welcome by ILRI Director General Jimmy Smith, Stefan Schmitz, head of BMZ’s division of rural development and food security and commissioner for BMZ’s special initiative on One World–No Hunger, gave an opening speech.
Fritz Schneider, chair of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (GASL), then gave a short overview of livestock and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
The first of the next three 10-minute presentations, on climate change, was made by Robin Mbae, deputy director of livestock production at the Kenya Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. Mbae plays a central role in Kenya’s planning and implementation of interventions to address the impacts of climate change on the livestock sector and vice versa.
The impacts of climate change on Kenya are significant, Mbae reported, particularly for animal husbandry and agriculture because Kenya relies on rainfall for its main source of agricultural water rather than on irrigation.
He said the Kenya government is committed to meeting its global climate change commitments and has developed a series of policy documents to guide the country in moving towards more sustainable livestock systems.
‘The map above portrays the large arid (dark orange) and semi-arid (light orange) areas of Kenya, comprising 80% of the country, where livestock keeping and meat production are major socio-economic activities, and the country’s high rainfall areas (white), where dairy production is important.
‘As you can see in the above slide, emissions of greenhouse gases in Kenya are projected increase to 2030 across all sectors, with limited options for agriculture to reduce its emissions but many options are available for reducing emissions generated by the livestock sector.
‘Here are listed some of the policies and initiatives that Kenya has developed both to reduce its emissions of greenhouse gases and to help the country adapt to climate change.
‘As Kenya has two layers of government, the national government and 47 county governments, we have analysed climate change profiles at the county level to assess local trends, identify local vulnerabilities and come up with local responses potentially able to help communities adapt to, and cope with, climate change. The Kenya government is also setting a transformative agenda for dairy largely by helping the dairy sub-sector move to more intensive production. And the Kenya government has introduced agricultural insurance and subsidy schemes and is offering incentives to farmers and herders in the form of schemes that give them payments for their ‘ecosystem services’ which can forestall further environmental degradation.
‘And here are some of the livestock-specific projects and interventions that address climate change challenges in Kenya. For example, KLIP—the Kenya Livestock Insurance Project—is being carried out by the Kenya government with the support of ILRI to help cushion livestock herders from the impacts of severe droughts, which have been increasing in frequency and severity in recent years.’
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Kenyan climate change expert Robin Mbae and Shirley Tarawali, ILRI’s assistant director general, share a light moment at the Jan 2018 Global Forum for Food and Agriculture, in Berlin (photo credit: ILRI/Susan MacMillan).
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