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Food Security

Agricultural education initiatives in the face of climate change

One in nine people in the world goes to bed hungry each day.

Most of those people are in developing countries and they are small holder farmers. The effects of climate change are acutely felt in many of these communities where people cannot farm the land and feed their families in the way they have for centuries. PWRDF programs examine environmental impact, and work to promote adaptation and mitigation of climate change.

A number of PWRDF partners engage in a wide variety of agricultural training to increase the quantity and quality of food produced in ways that do no harm to the environment, taking into account the changes in the environment that have already occurred such as reduced rainfall and deforestation.

PWRDF-funded projects include training, mentorship and extension advice in raising awareness on the short- and long-term consequences of using pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, growth hormones, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and heavy farm machinery. Harmful agricultural practices are second only to fossil fuels as the main drivers for climate change.

Care is taken to ensure our projects use agricultural inputs that do not harm the land but also improve the land by regenerating water and nutrient cycles, maximize photosynthesis and increase biodiversity in gardens and cropping areas. Use of cover crops, mulch, compost and contour ridges draw rain into the soil without runoff and allow it to spread slowly through the soil profile by osmosis and gravity for use by plants and recharge of groundwater.

Eco-friendly strategies include:

  • Use of grasses, plants, bushes or trees, vegetation remains to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and to sequester carbon both above and below ground.
  • Use of green manures, compost, livestock integration and bio-fertilizers to contribute to soil fertility, which is so important for larger yields of nutritious food crops.
  • Use of agro-forestry and planting of crops in guilds and stories to maximize photosynthesis for greater biomass and food production in projects.

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