Climate-resilient agriculture

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Climate-resilient
agriculture

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Smallholder farmers in the Global South experience the most severe impacts of climate change and the greatest food insecurity.

Even prior to the pandemic, global food insecurity had been rising, due in large part to climate phenomena. Global warming is influencing weather patterns causing heat waves, heavy rainfall, and droughts. Unsustainable commercial agricultural methods rely on high-carbon energy and are depleting soils and concentrating crops.

Climate change disproportionately affects the poorest people and poorest countries in the world – those who contribute least to the problem. Global conflict further disrupts food exports from the world’s major producers, contributing to displacement and inflation, and driving an ever-worsening global food crisis.

There are approaches to mitigating and adapting to climate change, boosting agricultural productivity, and increasing the availability of food to more equitably feed the world. These approaches will require large-scale food systems transformation built on gender-responsive, climate-smart principles with a focus on sustainability to ensure a food-producing, life-supporting planet for all.

You are helping support climate-resilient agriculture by:

training 5,802 people to grow food in climate-adaptive ways

providing 3,014 people with agriculture inputs

growing 1,225 gardens using traditional / climate-smart principles

Over the past decade, 1.7 billion people have been affected by extreme weather and climate-related disasters. Communities who contribute the least to the climate crisis are bearing the brunt of its impacts, with limited means to cope. With the vast majority of the world’s hungry exposed to climate shocks and stresses, eradicating hunger requires bold efforts to improve people’s ability to adapt.

WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME
The Climate Crisis and Hunger in Weather, Climate and Catastrophe Insight, 2022.

The Challenges

WORSENING CLIMATE
IMPACTS

Climate change is causing drought, desertification and poor soil fertility, habitat and species loss, increased risk of wildfires and floods – impacts that plunge the world’s poorest people into an ever-worsening food crisis. World Food Programme, 2022

POVERTY

Smallholder farmers are the world’s poorest people and bear the brunt of climate change impacts. They also lack the resources, income and training to invest in adaptation and mitigation strategies that would improve their resilience. World Bank, 2022

POOR ACCESS TO INPUTS, TRAINING & VALUE-ADDITION

Without access to agricultural extension support, effective irrigation methods, fertilizers and pesticides, credit and markets, smallholders cannot grow their yields or their incomes and are trapped in subsistence farming. UN FAO, 2023

GENDER EQUALITY

By closing the gender gap in the agrifood system, global GDP could be boosted by USD 1 trillion, and the number of food-insecure people could be reduced by 45 million. UN FAO 2023

YOUTH ENGAGEMENT & NON-FARMING / ALTERNATE LIVELIHOODS

Out-migration by men and youth during dry season leaves women and children at greater risk of food insecurity and presents risks to youth (e.g. school drop-out, labour exploitation, SGBV). Farm Radio International, 2021

CONFLICT & CLIMATE MIGRATION

Regional conflict and climate impacts cause intra- and inter-country migration which places further stress on already fragile land and resources. Over one billion people are at risk of being displaced by 2050 due to environmental change, conflict and civil unrest. Institute for Economics & Peace, 2023

Current Initiatives

CLIMATE-ADAPTIVE AGRONOMIC TRAINING & AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES

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You can help smallholder farmers increase their use of climate-adaptive agricultural practices by:
  • Fostering the use of climate-resilient agricultural training and techniques, and providing greater access to community / agricultural extension services
  • Increasing women’s access to land, credit, markets, inputs that enable women to fully and fairly contribute to agricultural productivity and share in its profits
  • Supporting dry season farming, climate-friendly pesticide and fertilizer use, irrigation systems, ploughing and planting strategies, weather forecasting, indigenous seed preservation and use to better adapt to changing weather, maximize growing seasons, and increase yields

GOOD LIVELIHOODS FOR YOUTH & WOMEN

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You can help women and youth gain business skills and establish new business ventures (agricultural and non-agricultural) by:
  • Providing seed capital
  • Offering business skills training
  • Supporting mentorship, apprenticeship and occupational skills training
  • Linking people to markets and value-addition opportunities, including through business incubation hubs

GENDER EQUALITY TRAINING FOR SMALLHOLDER FARMERS

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You can help promote gender equality among smallholder farmers and in farming communities by:
  • Engaging women and men in community conversations, raising awareness and inspiring action
  • Working with opinion leaders to disseminate and promote key messages related to gender equality, gender bias/traditional gender roles, SRHR and harmful traditional practices
  • Encouraging women to take leadership roles in farm-based organizations, as community/agricultural extension agents, and in demonstration farms
  • Incorporating gender equality and SRHR training in livelihoods programs targeted to youth

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Stories of Impact: International

Check out how your support has contributed to food security, women's equality, children's education and more in CFTC donor-supported communities around the world.
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Results & Impact

We are achieving together
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Food Production


5,802
people trained on climate-smart agriculture / horticulture
1,225
school, home & community gardens supported
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Income & Livelihoods


1,502
business ventures are benefitting 1,653 people
2,412
people received business skills training
8,159
people participate in 633 self-help, savings or income generation groups
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Farm Inputs


3,014
people received agricultural inputs (seeds, tools, plants, etc.)

Hearing from smallholder farmers

About the progress they're making
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I can feed my family well and support them in their education. I get surplus to sell for additional income. The knowledge I gained from the training and extension services will continue to help me improve my farming activities even when the program ends.
-Madam Sanatu, Ghana
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My views have changed. Now, we do everything together. I now involve my wife fully in our farm work and she too supports me. We see ourselves as partners in all family matters and business now and this has raised our farming income.
Robert, Ghana
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With the weather information, I am now able to make better decisions on the type of crops to plant and the planting time. I am sure of a good harvest and food security for my household this year.
Madam Lardi, Ghana
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    Where your support is needed

    To boost resilience to climate change impacts

    102 high-need communities in 4 countries

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    The Future

    JOIN US TO SUPPORT SMALLHOLDER FARMERS TO WITHSTAND THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

    Climate Change Resilience

    Communities will withstand the negative effects of climate change on their food security and livelihoods.

    Reduced Poverty

    Children and families will benefit from reduced poverty, more food security, and increased income.

    Economic & Social
    Power for Women

    Women and youth will gain access to tools, resources, training and both farm/non-farm income generation options and will exercise more agency in household and community decision-making.

    Sustainable
    Agricultural
    Livelihoods

    Smallholder farmers will gain access to Inputs, climate-smart agronomic training, markets and value-addition to move out of subsistence farming towards sustainable, productive agricultural income generation.

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    For more information, please reach out to Fawad Iqbal at [email protected]