Our food production at risk due to climate change
Climate change impacts all of us. Especially farmers in the South are heavily impacted. This is mainly noticeable in their declining food production. Less but more intensive rainfall, unpredictable seasons, longer spells of drought, etc. pose major challenges. This makes it difficult for them to estimate when they should start sowing, the chances of crop failures increase, vegetation fails to adapt to climate change in time and disappears, ... That is why Solidagro is committed to strengthen farmers and farmers' organisations in the South so they can arm themselves against these changes and challenges.
A community teams up to dig an irrigation channel. The influences of climate change are clearly visible in the background, as more rainfall in shorter time frame has caused massive land erosion. (Picture: Bolivia, Jan. 2018, Niels Coppes)
Agro-ecological farming can make the difference
Agroecological farming strives for agriculture with a positive impact. It focuses on increasing biodiversity and soil fertility in order to prevent land erosion and to obtain a soil that is more able to retain water and nutrients effectively. Chemical fertilizers are out of the question. Crops are more adequately protected against pests and changing weather conditions. Economic and social sustainability is also a key concept in agroecology. We ask a fair price for each farmer and compensation measures for the citizens who are most vulnerable. In order to reduce CO2 emissions, we favour local products. By setting up a short supply chain and connecting farmers directly with consumers, we reduce the transport of food, which also reduces costs for consumers.
Agroecology is all about finding the optimal production level while embracing a sustainable economy, which, in turn, is embedded in a feasible and sustainable social model with positive effects on the environment.
From the angle of global food security (in particular for the rural population), Solidagro chooses to support agroecological farming initiatives of local farmers.