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Policy and legal frameworks for climate smart agriculture

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Kenya held its first ever National Adaptation Planning meeting for the Agriculture sector on the 16 and 17 September. …

Kenya held its first ever National Adaptation Planning meeting for the Agriculture sector on the 16 and 17 September.

The meeting aimed at building consensus on the priority actions for agriculture proposed in the 2013 – 2017 National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP). These activities would then be fast-tracked for piloting.

The meeting was jointly organized by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (MEWNR); Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MALF), and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) East Africa Program.

This is a summary of discussions by the thematic working group on Climate Smart Agriculture.

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  • 1. POLICY AND LEGAL FRAMEWORKS FOR CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE IN KENYA Kenya National Adaptation Planning Meeting for the Agriculture Sector 16th and 17th September 2013
  • 2. Expected outcome • Policies and regulatory frameworks promoting climate smart agriculture are in place and effectively implemented in Kenya
  • 3. 1.1 Agro-forestry and sustainable land management 1.1.1 Review and harmonize existing policies on agro-forestry and sustainable land management and develop new policies e.g. CSA policy, biomass development and use policy (2015) Data sharing policy 1.1.2 The CSA group to participate in the development of a chapter on climate smart agriculture in the climate change policy (2014) 1.1.3 Advocate for implementation of the land policy towards reclamation of non-arable land (2017) 1.1.4 Capacity building, advocacy and awareness creation to develop and implement CSA relevant policies for stake holders at all levels (2015)
  • 4. 1.2 Promoting water harvesting, storage and efficient use in agricultural production. 1.2.1 Contribute to the draft water bill 2012 in the context of CSA to include water availability for Agriculture (2014) 1.2.2 Devolve the national CCU of the MoALF to Counties (by 2015)
  • 5. 1.3 Up-scaling agricultural (crops, livestock) insurance 1.3.1 Generate CSA information to facilitate finalization of evidence- based Agricultural Insurance Policy (2015) 1.3.2 Comprehensive study on climate related risks and uptake capacity of targeted communities - Ensure that the targeted stakeholders can actually adopt the insurance programs as packaged (within religious and cultural boundaries) Policy constraints
  • 6. 1.4 Adoption of improved technologies in agriculture (crops, livestock and fisheries) 1.4.1 Support? the development of a National Economic Instrument Act (which harmonizes /standardizes incentives and penalties) – to facilitate entrainment of the private sector (2017), business regulation act to improve competitiveness-link with ongoing, 1.4.2 Support? Develop policies on food agricultural product distribution (traceability and labelling), market structure and information systems (2015) Down scale Where are the regulations?
  • 7. 1.4 Adoption of improved technologies in agriculture (crops, livestock and fisheries) 1.4.1 Support? the development of a National Economic Instrument Act (which harmonizes /standardizes incentives and penalties) – to facilitate entrainment of the private sector (2017), business regulation act to improve competitiveness-link with ongoing, 1.4.2 Support? Develop policies on food agricultural product distribution (traceability and labelling), market structure and information systems (2015) Down scale Where are the regulations?