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PNG Office of Climate Change & Development Supports Climate-Smart Agriculture

The call by the state to build a climate-smart agricultural sector is well supported by the PNG Office of Climate Change and Development.

It comes as OCCD is embarking on food security, an agenda the state is vocal about.

With the new food security policy set to be formulated, OCCD has commended the agriculture sector in highlighting the challenges the department will encounter when looking at food production, particularly in remote areas.

The effects of climate change, like rising sea levels, variations in rainfall, and rising temperatures experienced in the islands and highlands of Papua New Guinea is influencing the growth of fresh foods, livestock and cash crops.

According to research conducted by OCCD, the effects of climate change are likely to have a wide range of impacts on various aspects in the agriculture sector.

In PNG, the state will be formulating a food security policy to ensure food grown is healthy and addresses how changes in the climate has affected the production of fresh food.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organisations of the United Nations or FAO Finding Project, there are predictions that agriculture production levels in Australia, Vietnam and parts of the United States will be hit hard, subsequently giving PNG an opportunity to upscale its agriculture levels.

This means, the food security policy, once formulated, will be timely and must present innovative solutions to address the global food security crisis.

OCCD will be running alongside the state in promoting food security through its PNG Climate Compatible Development Management Policy.

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