Climate Smart Ag | S. Sudan | Tanzania | St. Lucia | Kilimanjaro | Mozambique | Soil Stewardship | CBA Resources

April, 2013 CSDi Newsletter
Special Issue: Climate Smart Agriculture
Climate Smart Ag | S. Sudan | Tanzania | St. Lucia | Kilimanjaro | Mozambique | Soil Stewardship | CBA Resources

The theme of this month’s newsletter has a special focus on climate smart agriculture for smallholder farmers. This was why we launched our online course—Climate Smart Agriculture—to address the fact that so many course participant’s projects have a basis in challenges with agriculture for subsistence farmers.

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South Sudan

Piotr Barczak (Poland/Belgium/South Sudan) took several community-based adaptation courses in 2012 but was called away to South Sudan in the fall. Poitr is an environmental lobbyist in Brusselsbut also has experience working in Africa.

He has been working on a project in Jonglei State developing an ecologically sensitive agricultural program for 60 farming families. He prepared a brief final report in English in March for those of us in the CSDi community to enjoy. Here is a link to his report so that you can learn more about his project and look at a greater range of photographs.

Adaptation Through Conservation Agriculture

Chris Enns (Canada), has been working on a project in the community of Wagete in the Region of Mara, Tanzania. 4,000 community members are suffering from reduced crop yields due to unpredictable weather patterns related to climate change. Chris decided to launch a farmer soil and water conservation program, and in August led a very comprehensive conservation agriculture workshop. You can link to a report of the workshop complete with detailed photographs of the conservation agriculture techniques they used.

Saint Lucia
Adaptation, Agriculture and Livelihoods

Brenda Wilson (Saint Lucia), has been working on a project in the community of La Pointe, Micoud, St. Lucia. 25 households are suffering from low incomes from reduced crop production due to changes in weather patterns bringing extreme weather events such as hurricanes, and an increasingly unpredictable beginning and end to rainy season.
Brenda recently completed the development of a community Climate Smart Agricultural management Committee. Download Brenda’s report.

Mozambique Finding Climate Smart Agricultural Solutions to Famine
Phipps Campira (Mozambique), Zipo Akinyi (Kenya/New Zealand), and Lenneke Knoop (The Netherlands) have been working on a project in the community of Mezimbite, Mozambique. 566 households (3,400 people) are frequently suffering from famine caused by a lack of knowledge of improved agricultural practices and climate change related unpredictable rain and extreme weather events.
The team developed this project outline to increase crop production, reduce malnutrition, improve food security, and reduce mortality rates among children and the community. Download their scientific research on project activity effectiveness.
Kilimanjaro Extreme Weather Events and Recurring Drought Create Food Insecurity for 1300 Households
Since 2007 there has been severe drought and crop failure in the Kilimanjaro regionmostly in Moshi rural, Rombo, and Lower Hai and Mwanga districts. This has led to difficult livelihood challenges among community members; housing and food security are also challenges.
Minja Gileard Sifuel (Tanzania), Gemi Montecchi (Italy) and Ellen deGuzman (US) have been developing a project which includes a soil restoration program, a home gardening for nutrition program, and a soil and water resources management program. Read more about the challenges this community faces that this team have come up with.
May Field Guide Managing Soil and Water on Sloping Agricultural Terrain
Subsistence farmers suffer not only from depleted soils but from challenges with water: too little water, too much water, and erosion from water. This field guide looks at different ways of developing barriers on farm fields for stopping the flow of water so that it can percolate into the soil and build up soil moisture. The barriers also reduce the loss of soil from erosion. Topsoil suspended in water settles behind the barriers creating level terraces. These low cost/no cost techniques can be incorporated into farm fields over the span of time—spreading the workload.


This field guide includes detailed descriptions and illustrations of a number of barriers to water movement. Download.

OL 333 Update Report on the course: Climate Smart Agriculture
333. Climate Smart Agriculture. Launched nine months ago, Climate Smart Agriculture has attracted course participants from North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the South Pacific, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Europe. Needs assessments illuminated challenges including depleted soils, access to water, flooding, and a lack of coping strategies for adapting to a changing climate.

Soil restoration  techniques, and buffering techniques against extended dry spells and unpredictable seasons were evaluated to match the most appropriate for the community’s context and their capacity for long lasting sustainability.
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