Monthly Archives: August 2014

Protecting their crops through green technologies, Caribbean women fend for themselves

With UN Women support, the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC) has led a project focused on women agricultural producers’ role in sustainable development in the Caribbean. Implemented in Barbados, Grenada and Jamaica, the project aims to reduce women’s lack of access to resources.

12 August 2014|

Families in Bangladesh learn to cope with storms and cyclones

The World Food Programme (WFP) has been working with the Government of Bangladesh to provide training and cash for work programmes that help locals to build or renovate community assets as a direct result of climate change. In Patharghata alone, some 4,500 ultra-poor women and men from three separate communities have participated in an “Enhancing Resilience” or ER programme that was launched in 2011.

12 August 2014|

Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign

The objective of the Billion Tree Campaign is to encourage people, communities, organizations, business and industry, civil society and governments to collectively plant at least one billion trees worldwide each year.

12 August 2014|

Guatemala – Alliance for International Reforestation

In 1998, a group of women farmers in Itzapa, Guatemala, partnered with AIRES (Alianza Internacional de Reforestacion) to learn how to farm with trees, in order to prevent soil erosion, mitigate climate change and improve crop yields and diversity without using dangerous chemicals. The women farmers planted thousands of native trees each year, trees that are growing and sequestering carbon into the future.

12 August 2014|

Livestock waste management in East Asia

The FAO-led Livestock Waste Management in East Asia Project supported by Global Environment Facility/United Nations Environment Programme was aimed to reduce the major negative environmental and health impacts of rapidly increasing concentrated livestock production on water bodies and thus on the people in three countries of the East Asia region: China, Thailand and Viet Nam. In these countries, 500,000 pig places were introduced to better manage livestock waste, improving livelihoods and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.

12 August 2014|

Ecosystem approach to fisheries and aquaculture for food security in Nicaragua

To protect Estero Real, the north Pacific coast of Nicaragua, national and local fisheries and aquaculture institutions in Nicaragua have led the implementation of the ecosystem approach to fisheries and aquaculture in this area. The Food and Agriculture Organization has supported this initiative through participatory planning and development of management plans.

12 August 2014|

Climate-smart agriculture: A readiness project in Malawi, Vietnam and Zambia

The FAO project “Climate Smart Agriculture: capturing the synergies among mitigation, adaptation and food security” aims to strengthen the technical, policy and investment capacities of its three partner countries – Malawi, Vietnam and Zambia at a national level, which will enable sustainable increases in agricultural productivity.

12 August 2014|

Sustainable grazing for better livelihoods in China

The Three River Sustainable Grazing Project is a pilot project in the Quinghai province of China that aims to address the challenges of degraded grasslands and poor pasture management. The project’s goal is to restore degraded grazing land and sequester soil carbon, and at the same time increase productivity, build resilience and improve livelihoods in smallholder herder communities.

12 August 2014|

Preserving the Agro-forestry system on mount Kilimajaro, Tanzania

The “Kihamba” agroforestry system that has a multi-layered vegetation structure covers 120,000 hectares of Mount Kilimanjaro’s southern slopes. It is one of the most sustainable forms of upland farming and supports one of the highest rural population densities in Africa, providing livelihoods for an estimated one million people.

12 August 2014|

Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme in Bangladesh

Smallholder farmers provide nearly 80 per cent of the food in many parts of the developing world. The Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme channels climate finance to smallholder farmers so they can access the tools and technologies that help build their resilience to climate change.

11 August 2014|