G-2791

Adapt Farms to Climate Change

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Project Description

Region: Central America

Country: Guatemala

Location: Rabinal

Total Budget: $125,000

Area of Focus: The environment



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.

Primary Host Partner

District: 4250

Rotary Club of: Guatemala del Este

Primary Contact: Peter Sherris

Email: psherris@mac.com

Primary International Partner

District: 5170

Rotary Club of: Oakland

Primary Contact: Peter Sherris

Email: psherris@mac.com

Project Status

Need $21,395
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Project listed for the 2021-22 Rotary Year.

The TRF Grant application number is #2125542.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project

Date

Cash

DDF

Total

Guatemala del Este (4250)

28-Aug-21

$8,500

$0

$8,500

District 6710 DDF

28-Aug-21

-

$5,000

$5,000

District 5150 DDF

28-Aug-21

-

$3,000

$3,000

District 5170 DDF

28-Aug-21

-

$2,792

$2,792

District 5170 DDF

28-Aug-21

-

$16,000

$16,000

District 5170 DDF

28-Aug-21

-

$3,378

$3,378

District 5150 DDF

28-Aug-21

-

$1,000

$1,000

Truckee (5190)

28-Aug-21

$2,000

$0

$2,000

Chicago (6450)

28-Aug-21

$2,000

$0

$2,000

Remaining Amount to Raise

Additional Club Contribution (Needed) - Add a contribution

$21,395

-

$21,395

Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation

-

$24,935

$24,935

Additional Contribution (not matched by The Rotary Foundation)

$35,000

Total

$125,000

Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

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History Log Entries

28-Aug-21

System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.

28-Aug-21

by Peter Sherris

System Entry: Pledge of $5,000 DDF by Rick Harned of the Rotary Club of Louisville, District 6710.

28-Aug-21

by Peter Sherris

System Entry: Pledge of $3,000 DDF by Keith Axtell of the Rotary Club of Marin Evening, District 5150.

28-Aug-21

by Peter Sherris

System Entry: Pledge of $2,792 DDF by Judi Sherman of the Rotary Club of San Lorenzo Valley, District 5170.

28-Aug-21

by Peter Sherris

System Entry: Pledge of $16,000 DDF by peter Sherris of the Rotary Club of Oakland, District 5170.

28-Aug-21

by Peter Sherris

System Entry: Pledge of $3,378 DDF by Jean Gasperini of the Rotary Club of Cupertino, District 5170.

28-Aug-21

by Peter Sherris

System Entry: Pledge of $1,000 DDF by karen of the Rotary Club of San Francisco Evening, District 5150.

28-Aug-21

by Peter Sherris

System Entry: Pledge of $2,000 by Jon Gresley of the Rotary Club of Truckee, District 5190.

28-Aug-21

by Peter Sherris

System Entry: Pledge of $2,000 by Stephanie Lippian of the Rotary Club of Chicago, District 6450.

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