E Co. bites: Designing adaptation strategies to transform agriculture for climate resilience

15 October 2019, Category: All insights, E Co. bites, Tags: , , ,

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Speaker: Dr Lili Ilieva

Question: What is important to know about designing adaptation strategies to transform agriculture for climate resilience?

At E Co. we formulate projects to address the needs of vulnerable populations. Smallholder farmers in the global south are particularly vulnerable because they often depend exclusively on agriculture, which is very sensitive to climate change and variability. So, the agriculture sector is clearly a priority for many countries as they seek for solutions for climate resilient development.

E Co. experts apply transformative approaches to tackle climate risks and vulnerabilities of smallholder farmers, enhance their food security and livelihoods. What do I mean by transformative approach in the context pf GCF projects? By this I mean the paradigm shift which is the term that GCF ususally use. For designing the paradigm shift in agricultural adaptation projects, first, it has to address underlying causes of vulnerability, for example the state of the ecosystems supporting the production in the agricultural landscape.

Then to encourage the scaling-up of effective practices and technologies, such as the adoption of agroforestry to improve water and soil. This is followed by action for creating the enabling environment to sustain this shift in a long run. The E Co. team has experience in designing paradigm shift pathways for agricultural adaptation projects for both tropical and small island areas including, for example, some regions in Kenya, and for dryland areas for example some regions in Tanzania.

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