Climate Crisis: Cooperation with the FAO and FiBL

How can smallhold farmers in sub-Saharan Africa protect themselves more effectively from the climate crisis to maintain food security and livelihood? A joint study by FAO, FiBL and Biovision is looking for concrete answers.

 

 

Unused tools in a tree
The rain decreases or stays away more and more often: The tools of the farmers hang unused on the tree.

Climate change is increasingly causing problems for the small farmers in Subsahara-Africa. Irregular rainy periods, droughts, storms and floods wreck their fields, leading to harvest losses and food insecurity. The rural population of Africa needs a strong network to protect itself better from the consequences of the climate crisis. This is the main goal of our "Using Agroecology to Combat Climate Change".

That’s why Biovision has been working with other organisations to create a multistakeholder platform to exchange information and promote climate-adapted and climatefriendly agriculture. Over 30 experts from research, development organisations, the private sector, government and civil society in Nairobi gathered together for the kick-off meeting. The participants are looking for solutions for the implementation of Kenya’s Climate Smart Agriculture Implementation Framework (KCSAIF).

With this aim in mind, Biovision launched a study in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome and the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Frick in the Canton of Aargau at the beginning of May. This study is examining the ways in which agroecology increases the resilience of farmers in Kenya and Senegal and helps them to cope with increasingly irregular weather and climate patterns.