Climate


A climate emergency: Time to act now



The global climate emergency is hitting Africa’s poorest, hardest. Increased heating, unpredictable rainfall and extreme weather events are making it harder for rural poor farming families to produce the food that they need.

For 50 years, Self Help Africa has been supporting smallholder farmers to grow more food, and earn an income from that food.

Most of these families don’t use electricity, cars or machine tools. They are among the smallest contributors of carbon emissions, but among the worst affected by their consequences.

An essential part of what we do is working with farming households, so that they can adapt to and mitigate the effects of global warming, and can produce enough food and earn a living from their land.

We provide training and technical support to farmers to help them tackle climate change. In our work we also support a range of ‘smart’ farming methods that help by nourishing the soil, conserving moisture, harvesting water and using available water resources in the most efficient way possible.

We also assist farming households across sub-Saharan Africa by:

  • Planting trees
  • Developing and distributing drought-tolerant seed varieties
  • Promoting alternate crops
  • Promoting smart farming methods that help by nourishing the soil, conserving moisture, harvesting water, and using available water resources in the most efficient way possible.
  • Climate justice is the challenge that defines this generation – let’s all play our part.

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