Two Sides to Climate Change’s Impact on Food Security
Crop failures due to weather conditions cause a significant, immediate rise in food prices, and limits access to and availability of healthy, locally-produced foods. People then shift to nutrient-poor, calorie-rich processed foods that can leave them simultaneously stuffed and starved. Around the world, an estimated 820 million people are currently undernourished, while 2 billion adults suffer from obesity.
This dichotomy is the result of a system of food production and distribution that favors consolidation and standardization over diversity and accessibility. Climate change is exacerbating these weaknesses in the global food system.
Agroecology and Organic Agriculture
Though agroecology and organic are often used interchangeably, there are differences in practice. Agroecology is about viewing the farm as a complete system, incorporating soil health, water quality, production inputs, and biodiversity to create sustainable food systems that work in harmony. Goods produced organically can be farmed with an agroecological perspective, but as interest in organic has grown, it has resulted in intensive production levels. This can result in large scale monocropping, limited rotation of crops, and reliance on fossil fuels.
Climate Resilience and Our Work
We collaborate with coffee cooperatives and farmer associations to transform small-scale coffee farms into environmentally-friendly, agricultural hubs. We promote organic and agroecological practices to eliminate or minimize chemical inputs, replacing them with locally-produced organic compost and pesticides. Depending on the community and their priorities, we also help them develop sustainable irrigation systems, seed saving practices, and curricula for nutrition education and climate-smart farm practices.
Our goal is to build resilience, honor the local culture and food traditions of our partner communities, diversify diets, and help women, young people, and small-scale farming families thrive through new local economic opportunities.