Smallholders and climate change

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A member of the Miamba Mitamboni self-help group in southeast Kenya is tending to her vegetable plot.
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Planting trees on farms reduces erosion and enables the land to absorb more rainwater. They are also an essential source of fuel, food, fodder, compost, building materials and even medicines.

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Smallholder farmers provide up to 80 per cent of the food supply in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

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Dryland farmers who have built sand dams, have been able to regenerate degraded land and increase biodiversity.

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I live here [in southeast Kenya], which is a place that is totally dry. I've been able to plant trees during the dry period without watering them because of the terraces we've been digging. I'm also able to get pigeon peas during the dry season because of terracing. That's why I have an interest in advising farmers to conserve water and the environment.

Andrew Musila Silu, Africa Sand Dam Foundation, one of our strategic partners

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