Embu County in Kenya has been enlightened on the importance of having the climate change policy in place. A Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) team, in a meeting with the County Assembly’s Speaker Josiah Mureithi, said having the policies in place would position the devolved government at a strategic position to attract Green Climate Finances that would help mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis.
The PACJA team paid the Speaker a courtesy call to fast track progress on the draft climate change policy for the county and to push for its submission to the County Assembly and debating.
Joan Kebenei, a Community Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation officer at PACJA, said there were many challenges facing the county, causing the need to hasten the policy making process.
The meeting acknowledged that many problems faced by the community, including food insecurity, especially between April and June, when stocks are depleted.
The PACJA team urged the Assembly to encourage Embu residents to grow long-term crops such as sugarcane, fruit trees, and cash crops; and short-term crops such as grains.
According to experts, maize productivity responds positively to favorable agro-ecological zones, soil drainage and depth, but performs poorly on silt soils. Sorghum productivity responds positively to favorable agro-ecological zone, but the effect of other time-invariant factors is insignificant.
The County Environment Committee Member Nicholus Ngece said he would mobilise members to pass the Bill to help fight for clean and safe environment, as well as food security.
The county was urged to mobilize resources for a retreat between July 8th and 12th 2019. The said retreat is to help to catalyze the push for the Bill to be passed by educating the MCAs on the importance of climate change adaptation.