NIRSAL has resolved to deepen its engagement in line with its mandate towards meeting the country's mitigation targets on Climate Change through climate-smart agricultural approaches. This resolution is in alliance with the national commitment to the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari to the submission of Nationally Determined Contributions [NDC] to the Paris Accord in COP22.
The MD/CEO of NIRSAL, Mr. Aliyu Abdulhameed, reiterated this when the Director of the Department of Climate Change at the Federal Ministry of Environment, Dr Peter Tarfa, paid him a courtesy visit to explain the steps taken so far with NIRSAL’s technical team on Climate Change in formalizing the relationship between NIRSAL and the Federal Ministry of Environment through the Department of Climate Change.
He pointed out that if both Institutions collaborate within their mandates, they can achieve the goals spelt out under Impacts of Climate Change Mitigation, and also achieve sustainable food production thereby reducing the nation’s food import bill and achieving greater social/economic inclusion across every stratum of the society.
The Director of Department of Climate Change, Dr Peter Tarfa, while responding, pointed out that out of the 5 sectors identified by the President to meet Nigeria's NDC targets, Agriculture will play the most important role. He thanked the MD of NIRSAL for the engagement and promised the commitment of the Federal Ministry of Environment to the partnership.