Monday 5
Dialogue on Climate-resilient Farming Practices, Agroecology and Food Sovereignty
Jean-MArc Touzard, Rachel Bezner Kerr, Hanson Nyantakyi-Frimpong, Laifolo Dakishoni, Sieglinde Snapp
› 11:05 - 18:00 (6h55)
› Murviel-lès-Montpellier
Participatory Research on Climate Change Adaptation for HIV affected and Food Insecure households in Malawi
Laifolo Dakishoni  1, *@  , Rachel Bezner Kerr  2@  , Anita Chitayi@
1 : SFHC Project, Ekwendeni Hospital  -  Website
2 : Cornell University
* : Corresponding author

 

There has been increased attention on the need for agrarian communities in sub-Saharan African to develop adaptations to anticipated climate change. We will present findings from a long-term research project in which we conducted participatory action research with farmers (of different ages, gender, food security status and HIV status) to assess different agroecological adaptation strategies for addressing climate change, health and food security. The overall design of our research was quasi-experimental, case-control, pre-post longitudinal trials in 31 villages by 425 farmers on different cropping, livestock, agroforestry and livelihood diversification strategies to improve food security and adaptation to climate change. Farmers tested out different crop diversification strategies, including the incorporation of drought tolerant indigenous grains and legume intercropping methods to improve soil fertility. Some communities also tested agroforestry and small livestock rearing as a strategy, while other communities developed fuel-efficient cookstoves made from local materials. There was an emphasis on participatory education through farmer experimentation, farmer-to-farmer teaching, recipe days and field days to increase awareness about diverse diets, climate change and adaptation strategies. The two session presenters will be from the local non-governmental organization and the farming communities, and will present results from their different perspectives and experiences.


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