Protecting Food Security through Adaptation to Climate Change This is my preferred project
The remote Pacific Island nation of Kiribati is a group of 33 coral atolls, is one of the least developed Pacific Islands, and has few natural resources.
Kiribati is also one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to the effects of climate change and rising sea levels, with most of the country less than two metres above sea level.
Rising sea levels, the increased number of storms and cyclones, salty groundwater, higher temperatures and lower rainfall are all impacting in the amount of freshwater that is available and the amount of food that is produced from local gardens. These new challenges must also be seen in relation to the preexisting difficulties of poor soils, lack of infrastructure and markets, and over-exploited natural resources.
This project is helping local farmers to adapt to the impacts from climate change; to improve food security and resilience, helping prevent serious food shortages in the future.
Live & Learn, with the local community, have established ‘Knowledge Hubs’ to provide training, and to encourage members to share information and planting materials, and to set-up demonstrations of resilient farm technologies. New skills and practices have been taken up, like the use of drought-resistant crop varieties, raised bed farming, the use of organic fertilisers, and planting skills to suit the changing climate.
Food production is the domain of women in their community and so they have taken the lead in distributing new crop varieties, and are actively involved in adaptation planning and decision-making on food resources and food protection.
This project is also being run in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
Every dollar in this project supports training and empowerment of local farmers to learn and apply new and innovative farming techniques and support the health and livelihoods of their communities.
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