COVID-19 has affected the agricultural sector disruptively worldwide, with farmers asked to keep on working to ensure food security and a burden on the entire food value chain to function properly while facing operational obstacles. Undoubtedly, the pandemic outbreak has coupled with climate challenges, increasing pressure on fragile agricultural systems.
The COVID-19 pandemic outbreak arrives at a time when many countries in the world are confronted with serious pre-existing burdens of climate change and food insecurity. Many farmers experienced and are still experiencing huge losses due to natural disasters – droughts, floods, insects’ invasion – and the pandemic outbreak exacerbated existing critic conditions. At the same time, farmers came up with disruptive initiatives to make sure they could continue their activities in the long-term, taking into consideration that many of the challenges that emerged during the pandemic are able to last beyond the outbreak.
We, the Climakers, are collecting best practices worldwide on how the farmers’ community is coping up with the double challenge of the COVID-19 and climate change, and we want to hear your story! We need your contribution to be equipped with practical evidence on the weight of the farmers’ work as a solution in the struggle to adapt and mitigate the effects of a changing climate.
Best practices will be collected and assessed against the climate-smartness criteria by the Climakers’ scientific partner – CCAFS – and then published in the upcoming volume of “The Climakers – Stories from the field – COVID-19 edition”. (Please check the previous version HERE )