When we see reports on climate change on the news, they are often Peru Email List accompanied by images of factory smokestacks and traffic jams. We may not be aware – or perhaps we are – that agriculture is also a significant contributor to climate change. In fact, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the agri-food sectors – the systems through which our food is grown, produced and distributed – represent around 34% of total GHG emissions. But hearing this, do we ever reflect on the fact that agriculture is also one of the areas most affected by climate change? Since the Peru Email List agricultural sector is both a source and a victim, it is uniquely positioned to offer solutions to this enormous challenge.
Climate-smart agriculture techniques in Sri Lanka
Rising temperatures and extreme and unpredictable weather events Peru Email List caused by climate change are already putting food security at risk in many parts of the world. To respond to this situation, FAO is intensifying its work to help transform our agri-food systems so that they can better respond to the climate crisis. One way to do this is by spreading the word about green, climate-resilient farming techniques, which can help reduce the negative impact of the ways our food is produced and made its way onto our plates. Here are four examples of how FAO is helping farmers Peru Email List and food producers around the world apply innovative green and climate-resilient solutions.
Reforestation in Paraguay
The fields are becoming unproductive due to heavy rains, Peru Email List excessive tillage of the soil and a lack of nutrients. The reservoirs are becoming silted, affecting irrigation systems and preventing efficient use of water. All of this leaves smallholder farmers struggling to make a profit, often turning to environmentally unsustainable farming methods to earn a living from the land. Through the “Save to Grow” project, supported by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, FAO trained more than 1,130 farmers in optimizing the use of water, agricultural inputs and the workforce. This training has helped small farmers who grow the island’s main crops to use 10-20% less water for irrigation, Peru Email List so they can store more for the next growing season. By preparing their fields at an early stage, instead of waiting for the reservoirs to fill up, they can irrigate 15% more land in the dry season. Saving water during the growing season, Peru Email List planting early and making better use of rainwater translate into more water reserves after the dry season.