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Alliance of Associations Polish Green Network – PGN (Związek Stowarzyszeń Polska Zielona Sieć – PZS) is a national alliance of the leading environmental and sustainable development associations and foundations based in the largest cities of Poland. The main areas of our activities are advocating for social and environmental justice within sustainable development, establishing social control mechanisms over public funds, increasing consumers impact on multinational corporations, building public support for development and providing development assistance in the global South countries and Eastern Europe. We are an active member of various national and international NGO networks and we regularly cooperate with about 30 civil society organizations.

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Mercoledì, 04 Novembre 2015

Climate services for farmers

In the context of changing, and thus growingly unpredictable, climate, the access to appropriate information becomes crucial for implementation of the effective adaptation strategies in agriculture. Consequently, one of the key challenges is delivering climate information and advisory services to millions of female and male farmers around the world, in particular in the global South countries, in order to help them adapt to increasingly serious consequences of climate change. Climate information services can be a powerful tool in the adaptation of agriculture to the changing climate conditions. They play a very important role especially in protecting farms from droughts, floods…
Martedì, 20 Ottobre 2015

Climate change and food systems

Global warming will have far reaching effects on where and how food is produced in the coming decades as well as on the nutritional properties of certain crops. All of this will have serious consequences for the global food trade and the fight against hunger and poverty in the world. A group of scientists and economists have taken a closer look at the climate change impact on agriculture and food production on the global and regional levels over the past two decades. Their findings have been collected in the book "Climate Change and Food Systems", which was recently published by…
Lunedì, 12 Ottobre 2015

Farmers in India and climate change

In another series of short videos about small-scale farmers facing the challenges of climate change in various parts of the world we pay a visit to farmers in India who tell about their ways of adapting to the consequences of the changing climate. Ardaman Singh is an experienced farmer who has been cultivating various crops for 35 years. In the video he describes problems posed by climate change, and in particular how the increasingly erratic rainfall and changes in the average temperatures negatively impact yields. He is trying to compensate his income losses by growing vegetables and fodder in addition…
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Water Council (WWC) warn that by 2050 the access to water in many regions of the world could be significantly reduced which would threaten food security and livelihoods of a big number of people. In the face of these predictions it is essential to change policies and increase necessary investments, including climate change adaptation measures. Even though it is estimated that in 2050 world water resources will remain sufficient for the global population, which is supposed to reach 9 billion people by then, the continuing overconsumption, environmental degradation…
Soil is one of the key natural resources and constitutes the basis for the global food system. Furthermore, as it is a non-renewable resource, its degradation has very serious consequences, which are still too often largely ignored in the discussions about the future of our planet. In the context of the predicted global population increase to more than 9 billion people by 2050, growing pressure on the finite land and water resources as well as the impact of climate change, our current and future food security depends to a great extent on the state of soils around the world. It…
Mercoledì, 19 Agosto 2015

Climate change and farmers in Mali

Mali is an agricultural country in Western Africa. Its inhabitants increasingly experience the consequences of climate change. We encourage you to see a series of short videos in which farmers from Mali speak about their situation and various climate change adaptation strategies they adopt. Tidiane Diarra, a young farmer from the Bouwèrè village, cultivates millet, sorghum, sesame and cowpeas. In the video he describes how the rainfall patterns in the region changed in the recent years and how this situation forced local farmers to turn to faster growing crop varieties. What helped farmers in the area to adapt to the…
Giovedì, 06 Agosto 2015

Drought-resistant agriculture

Food production is not possible without water. But in the increasing number of places one of the main consequences of climate change is less and more erratic rainfall. This is especially dangerous in the regions with very low food security where most food is produced on rain-dependent farms. The impact of climate change will be felt the most by the poor inhabitants of rural areas. For this reason they will require cheap and accessible strategies allowing to adapt to increasingly unpredictable and volatile weather. This adaptation to changing climate will have to take into account not only the impeded access…
We continue the presentation of short videos about the attempts to adapt to the changing climate undertaken by small-scale farmers in the global South countries. This time we pay a visit to farmers in Burkina Faso in Western Africa. The first video tells the story of Helene Nana, a female farmer from the Yatenga Province. She describes how the local climate has changed in the last 20 years and how it has impacted the crop yields. Local farmers are forced to adapt to the new conditions. Helen decided to complement her not enough rainy season's harvest with the additional cultivation…
Farmers around the world must deal with consequences of the changing climate for food production. Available data and models suggest that in the foreseeable future climate change can not be avoided. This means that farmers - especially in the global South countries - will be forced to implement various adaptation strategies as fast and as cheaply as possible. The aim is to adapt to the new environmental conditions in a way that will allow farmers to continue to produce food at the needed level. The issue of feeding the world in the context of climate change is often perceived as…
During ClimATE Change project events organized by PGN, the participants from Polish cities often want to know how they can support the environment- and climate-friendly agriculture in their everyday life. One of the directions we usually point them to is building alternative food systems based on local and more sustainable food production and consumption. In one of the recent articles we wrote about community supported agriculture. Today we take a closer look at food cooperatives. Why food cooperatives? Imagine a city in which small food cooperatives operate in every district or even in each neighbourhood. They organize group food purchases…