Climate solutions that work for farmers

Farmers are more likely to adopt new technologies when they see that they have been successfully implemented by other farmers, especially in their village or surrounding villages. Smallholder farmers in developing countries are likely to be among the people hardest hit by climate change, because of agriculture’s dependence on the weather and farming’s low level of resilience to climate variability and change. The good news is that innovative approaches, such as climate smart agriculture, are being developed to meet this challenge. With the aim to promote policies and practices that increase agricultural productivity and farmers’ resilience to climate change, CTA made a call for proposed solutions and approaches in 2014. It then selected the 14 most promising entries from more than 300 responses for discussion at a workshop, documentation and presentation in this booklet. Covering topics such as rainwater harvesting, climate-proofing crops, mobile technology and agricultural insurance, this attractively designed collection highlights stories of success from the Caribbean, Cameroon, Mauritius and Uganda, among others. The practices, tools and policies featured in the projects may be decades old or more recent, but in all cases they are helping farmers to become more resilient and are having an impact on their lives and livelihoods. It is hoped that these stories will offer inspiration to promote climate-smart solutions that can help millions more smallholder farmers in the future.

Pye-Smith, C. (2015). Climate solutions that work for farmers. CTA.Chicago
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