AGRICULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT
Afrinspire’s programmes are climate-conscious, seeking to improve both the quality of life of the community and the environment in which they live. Afrinspire enables local communities to support rather than deplete their local environments, providing teaching about the merits of techniques such as conservation of natural resources, healthy nutrition advice, and recycling of nutrients.
Through drought-resistant farming techniques, developing carbon sinks and programs to replant mountainsides and protect water sources, Afrinspire helps communities build resilience against the challenges of climate change and natural disasters. This multi-faceted approach allows us to support our partners to meet their needs, whilst protecting the environment for generations to come.
Multiple SDGs relate to the environment, as it is a key challenge for our generation. Climate change and deforestation are core issues in the African context. Drought has been a precipitant for a number of regional famines in recent years. The World Bank (2018) states ‘Agriculture can help reduce poverty, raise incomes and improve food security for 80% of the world’s poor, who live in rural areas and work mainly in farming’. Within this domain, trees are also a critical resource; they are used for timber, making charcoal and furniture, to prevent soil erosion and to fix nitrogen for other crops. Farming without careful planning can deplete the soil of essential minerals, reducing the quality and quantity of crops which can be grown in later years. Additionally, relying on a single crop can leave farmers vulnerable to plant diseases, such as “banana wilt”, which decimated banana plantations in Uganda in 2009, plunging families in 43 districts into poverty.
“Thanks so much for supporting the capacity building for small-scale farmers"
Paul Kyalimpa (SAFI Sustainable Agriculture)