Adapting to Climate Change in Production and Post Harvesting Sectors: How can farmers cope with the unpredictability of weather patterns?

Climate change is a driver of vulnerability for those people whose livelihood depends directly on natural resources. How can we mitigate these risks? Which ways can farmers use practical solutions to cope with the unpredictability of weather patterns?

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From hay making practices to alternatives to rain-fed agriculture through irrigation and the use of shade cloths and the planting of climate-resilient varieties of seed, it is very apparent that farmers are trying to adapt practical ways.

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Watch this insightful documentary on the best practices on climate change adaptation strategies that were gathered from the Learning Route on Practical Solutions to Adapt to Climate Change in Production and Post Harvesting Sectors that took place in between the 6th and 16th of November 2016 in Mozambique and Rwanda.

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Some of the interventions featured include:

  • Diversifying cropping systems, experimenting with drought-resilient cassava varieties;
  • Promoting climate-resilient small-scale infrastructure introducing low-cost yet climate-resilient horticultural techniques;
  • Providing efficient water management structures in drought prone areas and establishing water user associations; and
  • Enhancing local meteorological stations in order to improve smallholders access to weather forecasting.
  • Private-Public-Producers Partnership (4Ps Model)
  • The Hub Operational Model as Product and Business Aggregation Points

The Learning Route was implemented by PROCASUR Corporation in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), responding to a survey done by IFAD-funded projects staff, local authorities and thematic experts on demand on learning priorities and existing best practices in the East and Southern Africa Region. In IFAD’s East and Southern Africa (ESA) Division, the top thematic priority identified was Climate Change and Natural Resources Management.

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The host cases visited during the Route were: the Pro-poor Value Chain Project in the Maputo and Limpopo Corridors (PROSUL) and the Climate Resilient Post-Harvest and Agribusiness Support Project (PASP) in Mozambique and Rwanda, respectively. It was implemented as part of the cross-regional component on Strengthening of rural associations and farmer’s organizations developed under the Large Regional IFAD-Procasur Grant Programme “Strengthening Capacities and tools to scale up and disseminate Innovations”(2016-2018).

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The main aim of the learning initiative is to support collaborative learning and action between individuals and organizations linked to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) projects to introduce sustainable practices, adaptive technologies and climate-resilient post-harvesting infrastructures, technologies, and practices.

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Please find more information on the learning initiative including the final report: here. Feel free to share it with your colleagues, partners, and networks. Kindly do not hesitate to let know us how your projects are going on with regards to the implementation of climate-smart adaptation strategies. We will be very happy to hear some good stories from you!