Climate Analogues

Farms of the future: a two-way learning exchange

2014-08-05 / Posted by analogues_admin

Autors: Mathieu Ouédraogo, Jean Sibiri Ouédraogo and Alhassan Lansah Abdulaï

Lawra Village (Ghana). Photo: P. Casier (CGIAR)

Lawra Village (Ghana). Photo: P. Casier (CGIAR) (view original)

Climate change is a threat to agriculture, food security and the livelihoods of small farmers in West Africa. In order to strengthen the adaptive capacities of farmers to this phenomenon, the CGIAR research programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has developed the “farms of the future” approach.

Based on the “similar climate” tool, the “farms of the future” approach helps to connect farmers on a given site to their possible future climate through inter-farmer exchange visits.

The visits provide an opportunity for farmers to learn about the practices and technologies that other farmers use in areas that are similar to the climate’s they will soon face. Farmers can then go home and start to implement them on their site and improve their adaptability. This approach has been implemented in all five countries which CCAFS West Africa works within: Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Senegal.

It is within this context that farmers from Demonayili in Ghana undertook an inter-farmer exchange visit to meet farmers in Takorodo to improve their farming practices in yam cultivation.

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