In December 2015 at COP21 in Paris, President Buhari adopted the Paris climate agreement which aims to hold global average temperature increases at below 2°C and to achieve net zero emissions by the second half of the century. At the conference, President Buhari outlined Nigeria’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) which are actions to be undertaken towards meeting the newly signed international agreement.
In March 2017, the President ratified the agreement (read media report). With this ratification, Nigeria has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions through the following measures:
- Working towards ending gas flaring by 2030
- Working towards Off-grid solar PV of 13GW (13,000MW)
- Use of efficient gas generators
- 2% per year energy efficiency (30% by 2030)
- Transport shift to mass transit
- Improved electricity grid
- Climate smart agriculture and reforestation (with particular focus on stopping charcoal production from felled trees)
At Propcom Mai-karfi (PM), we are committed to contributing to the key measure of “climate smart agriculture and reforestation”.
Northern Nigeria remains one of the most vulnerable regions in sub-Saharan Africa, with many rural markets dependent on climate-sensitive agricultural commodities. PM is engaging in emerging markets which incorporate or promote positive climatic outcomes and helping Nigeria to meet its INDC obligations. Some of the ways in which we are doing these include:
- Promoting good agricultural practices and sustainable land management amongst farmers within our interventions which involve farm-level activities; like in our agricultural inputs markets
- Assessment of the impact of greenhouse gas-intensive agricultural processes (like fertiliser use, mechanisation, and land preparation, etc) and implementation of appropriate risk reduction strategies like encouraging minimum tillage amongst smallholder farmers
- Working with a local manufacturer to fabricate low-cost clean cookstoves and to briquette fuels for these stoves from agricultural wastes like rice husks
As a part of our future strategy, PM will continue to subject its “markets for the poor” and women’s economic empowerment interventions to climate risk management and adaptation assessments to reduce the risk of our programmes doing more harm to the environment.