Call for stakeholder planning in agriculture, landscape

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THE director of Oisca Rabaul Eco-Tech Training Centre in East New Britain, Norbert Perry has called for multi-stakeholder planning when considering a landscape approach in the agriculture industry.
A landscape approach offers a strategy to achieve climate-smart agriculture objectives at scale in all dimensions.
“Through climate-smart agricultural landscapes, important collaborations for production, climate adaptation and mitigation as well as other livelihood and environmental objectives can be generated through coordinated action at farm and landscape scales,” he said.
Perry said a principle of landscape approach is for all relevant stakeholders to involve in planning processes to negotiate priorities, recognising legitimate local, regional, national and business interests.
He said a multi-stakeholder process served as a means to develop partnership, consolidate resources, share knowledge and build coalitions and pool investments.
“Therefore, I call all our working partners, stakeholders, national and provincial agencies, business houses and partners, government and private institutions and organisations, ward members and other community leaders to work together and develop a climate-smart agriculture landscape farming system that brings balance to the eco-system.”
Climate-smart landscapes involve a variety of fields and farm practices in different land tenure types that support both adaptation and mitigation objectives.
“Building soil organic matter is vital for increasing agricultural resilience to climate change,” he said.
“Minimal tillage and using cover crops and crop residues enhance organic matter stored in soil, while supporting biological and nutrient and hydrological processes.”

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