Dec 11, 2013, 9:34 AM
The forum, which brought together over thirty participants ranging from extension workers, agro-forestry officials and farmers, was funded by the Global Environment Facility, GEF-Small Grant Programme.
Speaking at the forum, the executive director of NaWFA, Njaga Jawo, gave a brief background of his association saying their role and mandate is to promote social and economic empowerment of women farmers on production and marketing, which involve environmental protection, advocacy for women rights, food security and reducing poverty.
According to him, the training for extension workers was out to inculcate some positive information into participants so they would try to change their mindset as regards environmental protection.
The training, he noted, focused on climate change and sustainable land management thus looking at what measures the extension in collaboration with other relevant stakeholders will take to adapt to climate change.
According to him, the training sought to expose participants to topics such as agro-forestry, climate change, biodiversity and many other issues related to the protection of the environment for sustainable agriculture.
Mr Jawo further asserted that sustainable agriculture does not only deal with production; it goes beyond that to maintaining production and conserving the natural resource base.
He said it will be very unfair to our future generation to come if we deplete our environment, causing desertification to our forest.
Njaga Jawo also thanked GEF for its continued support to NaWFA in enabling them carry out some of their activities in environmental protection.