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Humana People to People presents at the International Conference on Food Security & Climate Change

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Humana People to People is going to take part at the International Conference on Food Security and Climate Change to be held in Harare, Zimbabwe on 4th – 5th of October 2018. The international conference is being organized by Bindura University of Science Education with focus on food security and the climate change impact on today’s agriculture.

During the conference Humana People to People Chairperson Ib. O. Hansen will present, in a breakaway parallel session called Global Climate Change. The Global Climate Change session will be chaired by Dr. T.D. Mushore of University of Zimbabwe. Ib. O. Hansen’s presentation is titled Humana People to People: Farmers’ Clubs Fighting for Food Security and Addressing Global Warming Across the SADC Countries and Elsewhere in the World.

The Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) 2018 The State of Food Security in the World: Building Climate Resilience for Food Security and Nutrition report is showing that hunger is on the rise as for the third year in a row that is 2014 to 2017, there has been a rise in world hunger. The absolute number of undernourished people, i.e. those facing chronic food deprivation, has increased to nearly 821 million in 2017, from around 804 million in 2016. These are levels from almost a decade ago.

In addition, climate variability and extremes are among the key drivers behind the recent surge in global hunger and one of the leading causes of severe food crises. The cumulative effect of changes in climate is undermining all dimensions of food security – food availability, access, utilization and stability. At the same time, growing competition for land, water, and energy, in addition to the overexploitation of natural resources, will seriously impair our productive capacity in regards to producing food.

Success in meeting food security and climate change challenges will require a steady stream of capacity building and strengthening vulnerable communities to improve their farming practices as they gear towards increasing food production as well as adapt to changing climatic conditions.

Humana People to People in its parallel presentation paper at the International Conference on Food Security and Climate Change seek to demonstrate that its alternative rural farming models currently benefiting vulnerable farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa offer hope and possibilities in empowering farmers to undertake sustainable agriculture. Thus, actions need to be accelerated and scaled up to strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity of food systems, people’s livelihoods, and nutrition in response to climate variability and extremes.

Solutions require increased partnerships and multi-year, large-scale funding of integrated disaster risk reduction and management and climate change adaptation programmes that are short-, medium- and long-term in scope. Thus the Farmers’ Clubs programme, a rural small-scale farming concept provide the viable solutions as its approaches are community based, people led and is driven by the collective structures of farmers in finding solutions as a unity through technical guidance from a resident Farming Instructor.

Since the start of the first Farmers’ Clubs project in Mozambique in 2005, the initiative has gone to benefit more than 200 000 farmers in Africa and India. The farmers whose livelihood is directly connected with agro-produce are organized into clubs of 50 where they co-operate and gain new farming techniques. The members of the Farmers’ Clubs improve production, food security and household income through adopting environmental friendly climate smart agriculture methods of farming. As a result of the program, small-scale farmers have increased their production and their incomes through capacity building and sustainable agriculture practices.

In-line with the Sustainable Development Goals, the aim of the Farmers’ Clubs is to provide farmers with the tools and channels to transform their lives and strengthen resilience against short and long-term environmental shocks including changes.