Deirdre

Deirdre Jafferally

Iwokrama International Centre
Guyana

Kwamalasamutu Two Farm system

Ensuring food security

December 15, 2014
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Unpredictable weather patterns due to climate change can leave small farmer vulnerable. Small farmers provide a large percentage of the food that feed the world. These farms also provide a livelihood for these farmers and their families as well as the communities they live in. The impacts of climate change on these families can be devastating environmentally, socially and economically. At CON 20, the World Food Program believes that food security will be one of the issues at the center of the climate change debate. It is believed that more support should be forthcoming to help small farmers and governments adapt to be resilient.
Closer to home, communities are already noting the changes in local weather patterns. Farmers are finding it difficult to predict the best time to prepare and cultivate their fields. To cope they are looking to their local knowledge and practices for solutions. One example is using a multiple farm system to ensure food security in the event a farm fail or they are unable to plant.
In this COBRA Video the community of Kwamalasumutu discusses the use of their two farm system to overcome some environmental challenges they recently faced and affecting their food security.

Spanish version: https://vimeo.com/114554609

Portuguese version: https://vimeo.com/114554608

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