The dry corridor in Guatemala is one of the 10 most vulnerable areas to climate change in the world. Malnutrition is becoming an endemic problem and along with poverty, is driving migration. Rotary Oakland's project is called Adapting Family Agriculture to Climate Change Through Youth Leadership in Rabinal Guatemala. We've done a pilot project so we know we have a positive impact. It's a culmination of a decade of work developing the capacity of a local youth education organization Voces y Manos to help address an existential community problem.
We've taught 3 indigenous, Maya-Achi speaking youth as agricultural technicians who train 250 family farms (1250 people) helping them adapt to climate change which is consistently destroying their traditional crop, maize, due to lack of rain in growing season. Farmer training focuses on implementing sustainable agricultural practices that improve productivity, income, nutrition, and increase climate resilience. Practices include adoption of soil and water conservation techniques, diversification of land parcels, reforestation, and use of organic fertilizer to restore degraded soil and improve crop yields. These agro-ecological practices have been scientifically proven to enhance climate resilience by substantially improving the water retention capacity of soil. They are also culturally appropriate to the local community, and therefore more likely to be sustained than exogenous practices. To improve household income, a primary strategy will be the introduction of locally appropriate commercial crops which are resistant to the drying effects of climate change, as well as vaccination of poultry and larger livestock to ensure their survival. Growing a diversity of fruits, vegetables, and commercial crops with local demand-as documented in the community assessment-can contribute to improved economic well-being and nutrition. Skills and strategies learned will allow participants and local community leaders with whom we work to continue practicing sustainable agriculture methods, increasing their resilience to climate change, and thereby improving families' economic conditions.
This is the perfect Rotary project utilizing indigenous young people, edcucated over a decade with Rotary help to a dress an existential problem within their local communities. Please see the uploaded summary and budget.
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