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One of the ways to mitigate the negative impact of agriculture on climate, which PGN tries to promote through our campaign, is building alternative food systems based on sustainable local food production, distribution and consumption. This type of food systems, by using more ecological farming methods and shortening the distance between farmers and consumers, help, among other things, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve natural resource protection. Among various alternative models of food production and distribution increasingly popular is the so-called community supported agriculture (CSA). Food from the farmer you know The beginnings of the CSA model, which is based on the close cooperation between farmers and a group of people interested in eating healthy local food, go back to the 1960s. First initiatives of this kind were started in Germany, Switzerland and Japan as a response to the wave of urbanization and the deterioration of conditions of food production…
Lunedì, 18 Maggio 2015 02:00

Farmers in Ghana adapt to climate change

In another series of short videos farmers from the Global South speak about their struggle with the consequences of climate change. This time you can learn more about the challenges faced by small-scale farmers in Ghana. In the first video, Naakpi Kuunwena, a farmer from Koyukuo village in the north-western part of Ghana, talks about the impact of climate change on his crops. He is especially concerned about the changes in the rainfall pattern observed in the recent years as well as the increasing water scarcity and the lack of necessary irrigation infrastructure such as dam. The appropriate irrigation system is essential in the current situation of growing problems with rains. Even though an NGO has drilled a borehole in his fields, it is not enough as it allows to fill only a couple of buckets. Naakpi additionally pumps the water to his fields from the nearby river, but this…
We encourage you to watch a series of short videos exploring various ways in which small-scale farmers from Kenya try to adapt to changing climate. The first video presents Margaret Silas from Ngurumo village. On her farm she grows mainly coffee, sweet potatoes, mango, macadamia, arrow roots and trees. Due to the lack of rain farmers in her village face a lot of problems. Most of all seedlings tend to dry out and farmers are forced to carry out re-plantation. In order to adapt to these challenges, Margaret started to use on her farm more sustainable farming techniques, which result in higher yields and improved food security. Using more manure and planting seeds in small holes allow the seeds to survive up to two weeks without rain. More sustainable farming methods protect soil and prevent it from eroding. Consequently, this leads to better crops, as proved by Margaret, whose maize…
Fish and other seafood is currently a primary source of protein for more than a billion of the poorest people in the world. For many of them fishing is also the main source of income. Unfortunately, due to rising CO2 emissions oceans are becoming warmer and more acidic. This process is threatening current habitats of fish and shellfish and is negatively affecting the balance of marine life. Many fish species, for instance, are starting to migrate away from the tropics into deeper and colder waters. A report published by Oceana, international organization working for the protection of the world's oceans, predicts which countries in the coming decades will be most vulnerable to the problems with the ocean-based food security caused by climate change and ocean acidification. The authors of the report warn about the growing food insecurity especially in small island and coastal countries, such as Maldives, Togo, Comoros, Cook…
Watch farmers sharing their experience related to climate change and talking about their expectations with regard to the actions needed from decision makers and the international community. Climate change is a growing problem worldwide, but its consequences are felt the most by poor farmers in the Global South countries. Water scarcity, increasing temperatures, erratic rainfall - these are just some of the challenges faced by small-scale farmers due to climate change, which has a negative impact on crops, the state of ecosystems and farms' income. In the short video, recorded during the UN climate change conference taking place in December 2014 in Lima, farmers from India, Kenya and Peru share their experience regarding climate change. In the video they talk about the methods used by their communities to adapt to climate change consequences as well as their expectations concerning actions which should be undertaken by decision makers in order to…
Mercoledì, 11 Febbraio 2015 02:00

Reaching people in Poland

During the first two years of the ClimATE Change project Polish Green Network produced a number of publications on the themes of our campaign. Their main goal has been to raise awareness among the wider public in Poland on the links between climate change and agriculture in the context of food production and natural resources protection both locally and globally. Report "Growing disruption: Climate change, food, and the fight against hunger" In the first year of the project we published Polish version of the Oxfam report about the impact of climate change on the causes of hunger in the world. The translation was prepared by PGN and Polish Humanitarian Action in connection with the UN Climate Conference (COP19) which took place in November 2013 in Warsaw. The report explains how the consequences of climate change, such as more frequent and more intense extreme weather events and changing rainfall patterns, threaten…
Martedì, 27 Gennaio 2015 02:00

Conference in Warsaw

Another event of the ClimATE Change project is behind us. The international conference "Future Agriculture Farmer- and Climate-friendly" organized by Polish Green Network took place on the 12-13 December 2014 in Warsaw, Poland. We want thank all the attendees for their active participation during those two days. Among many participants of the conference were farmers, food producers, representatives of the academia, journalists and other people engaged in the promotion of sustainable agriculture. The first day of the conference, moderated by Antoni Bielewicz from the European Climate Foundation, was filled with lectures, presentations and discussions with the participation of Polish experts as well as guests from Germany, Italy and Malta. On the second day of the conference there was a study visit in Mazovia region farms titled "On the trail of climate-smart practices". The first speaker of the conference was Marcin Popkiewicz, physicist, lecturer, writer and journalist, specializing in the issues…
Martedì, 13 Gennaio 2015 02:00

Power in Coop!

Cooperation, community, local food! We invite you to see a short documentary film, created by Polish Green Network, showing why and how consumers can support sustainable agriculture. One of the main goals of the ClimATE Change project activities is raising awareness on the role of sustainable agriculture in addressing the climate change challenges in the context of food production and natural resources protection. We also try to show how consumers can support people- and climate-friendly agriculture through cooperation with farmers and building alternative food systems based on local food production and distribution, such as food cooperatives and various community supported agriculture initiatives. In our film, titled "Power in Coop", people engaged in the food cooperatives movement and representatives of non-governmental organisations working for sustainable agriculture in Poland explain why consumers should try to buy local food and how they can cooperate with farmers. The interviews were filmed during the Open…
Venerdì, 19 Dicembre 2014 02:00

Training seminar in Poland

On the 27-28th November 2014, Polish Green Network, in the framework of the ClimATE Change project, held a training seminar in Warsaw titled "Climate for farmers - Cooperation to the benefit of farmers and climate". The seminar was organized in partnership with Transformation Foundation and Polish Ecological Club. Its main goal was raising theoretical and practical knowledge of the participants on the issues of sustainable agriculture and the ways of supporting, both locally and globally, this model of food production as it is most climate-, environment- and people-friendly. Among the seminar participants were farmers, consumers, food producers and distributors as well as representatives of organizations working for the development of sustainable agriculture and responsible consumption in Poland. One of the presenters was Łukasz Nowacki from Transformation Foundation, who gave lecture about the natural methods of increasing productivity of agriculture and reducing its negative impact on the environment, which can be…
The international conference "Future Agriculture Farmer- and Climate-friendly" will be held on the 12-13 December 2014 in Warsaw, Poland. The Conference is organized by Polish Green Network in the framework of the ClimATE Change project. Agriculture is an important source of the greenhouse gas emissions and at the same time climate change threatens food production in Europe and other regions of the world. Agriculture – one of the causes and victims of climate change – can also be one the best tools for climate protection. The conference will try to answer the question, how farmers and food consumers around the world can protect climate and natural resources. The event will consist of two days: the first one will be the actual conference and on the second one there will be a study visit in the Mazovia region farms. The conference is directed especially at people interested in the issues of…