First regional conference on agriculture and climate change in Darfur

Darfuri women farming in Feina, North Darfur (File photo: Olivier Chassot / UNAMID)

EL FASHER – April 7, 2023

The first regional agricultural forum started in El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur, yesterday. The three-day-long conference aims to discuss the present and future of agriculture and livestock rearing in the region and the impacts of climate change.

The conference is being held under the auspices of the Governor of Darfur, Minni Minawi, with the wide participation of the directors of the ministries of agriculture and livestock of the five Darfur states, as well as the federal Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

A group of experts, academics, decision-makers, experts in the agricultural sector, and plant protection managers participate in the conference, together with officials in the public and private sectors.

The conference includes a variety of sessions and workshops on the present and future of agriculture and livestock rearing in the region, climate change, plant protection in the region, the work environment in the private sector, the reality of cooperative societies, and the role of civil defence in enforcing the sector’s plans.

Climate change and illegal logging and gum tapping threaten the ecosystems of Darfur, especially South Darfur, and make the region more prone to pests, droughts, and erosion.