Reasons for low uptake of climate change technologies

Originally published by SciDev

Farming Gliricidia and maize. Photo: World Agroforestry

Factors such as lack of funding for scale-up are impeding uptake of climate change tech, writes Elizabeth Mwangi.

As the world grapples with rising food insecurity and greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane that trap heat in the atmosphere resulting in global climate change, there have been calls for urgent action.

Given that carbon dioxide contributes to most greenhouse gas emissions and crops need it for their growth, technologies that aid soil carbon sequestration — a process of removing carbon dioxide contained in the atmosphere through photosynthesis and storing it in vegetation and soils — have a double effect of tackling food insecurity and mitigating climate change.

These technologies include application of biochar, a charcoal produced from plant matter and used as soil manure, to aid soil carbon sequestration. Others include agroforestry, organic agriculture and use of green manure and mulching.

Most of these technologies are low-cost solutions for improving agricultural productivity, resilience and carbon sequestration. As a result, these technologies are attractive to smallholders.

But smallholders’ uptake of these technologies is low, and thus we need to rethink our approach to fighting climate change and food insecurity. Read the full article on SciDev.Net'

Elizabeth Mwangi

Elizabeth supports the implementation of CTCN capacity building activities for African countries to build their climate resilience and adopt to low carbon development. She is based at World Agroforestry’s headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. She has a Master of Arts in Environmental Policy and a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. Elizabeth has experience in research and projects on monitoring and evaluation. Prior to joining CTCN, she worked as a project manager in Integrated Green World Solutions where her project portfolio included environment and climate change and previously with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) as a Research and M&E associate.

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