Climate change is a global problem; because of changing temperatures and other effects, crop productivity is predicted to decline most in tropical areas, where most of the world’s poor and food-insecure live. Yields in Africa are expected to fall by 8% by 2050. Declining yields, paired with increased demands by a growing world population, will make food markets more volatile and hinder the livelihoods of the most vulnerable communities in Africa and around the world.
Our sustainable agriculture initiative engages women and young people in sustainable agriculture best projects for income generation and sustainable livelihoods.
To achieve this, HOFNA continues to:
- Improve farm management systems and foster innovation and adaption of methods to ensure food security in rural areas.
- Strengthen local production systems' reliance on their bio-cultural heritage by acknowledging the connection of traditional knowledge, biodiversity, landscapes, and customary practises.
- Preserve natural ecosystems and farmlands
- Promote the local/regional economy and transformative initiatives to support farmers' success.
- Promote the utilisation of organic waste to develop soils on farms. Encourage learning and experimentation through adaptive and collaborative systems. Encourage varied approaches to sustainable farming.
- Improve farmers' capacities in managing their businesses by promoting the knowledge and skills needed. Enhance farmers' capacities in adapting their activities to climate variation in crop and vegetable production. Assist rural farmers in identifying and developing the best farming practises.
- Encourage and promote community-level group farming demos for experimentation.
- Provide training to farmers and farmer households on the use of vertical farming technology for the production of low-carbon vegetables for food and income.