After a week of orientation we said farewell to the energetic city of San Salvador for the unknown environment of Nuevo Gualcho. The different ways of life we were eager to encounter were almost portrayed to us during our journey, various road-side stalls selling fruit showed us the reality of the struggle to generate an income. Stepping onto Gualcho ground, the sense of wanting to make a real difference was amongst us all.
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“Together with the environment…. In Cuzco, we are adapting to climate change.”
That's the slogan of a new campaign encouraging people in Cuzco, Peru, to adapt to climate change. Thanks to the support of Progressio development worker Alberto Vasquez, the Cuzco region is now equipped with a Communications Strategy for Adapting to Climate Change. Here, Alberto writes about what he hopes will be achieved once the strategy is put into practice:
Progressio's Esther Trewinnard writes:
A few years ago, I took a friend of mine who was visiting the UK from Tanzania to a talk given by a leading scientist on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). On the train back home she turned to me and said, “You will be OK, but we in Africa are going to die.” My response was pathetic and helpless, but the best I could come up with was: “Don’t be silly, we’re in this together.”
As delegates gather in Stockholm for World Water Week, Progressio is asking 'What about water for food?'
It’s easy to forget what efforts and resources go into producing food. So, what if the only food destined for your plate this autumn was growing on a small plot of land outside your house?
Mimose, 45, and her husband Elismar, 51, live in Lamine, Haiti. They grow sweet potatoes, yukkas, beans, plantains, pineapples and cabbages. They have a bumper crop of veggies growing in their garden and seem pretty self-sufficient.
Progressio's climate adaptation partnership initiative has been shortlisted for an award that celebrates young developers using digital technologies to turn the United Nations Millenium Development Goals into action.
European Youth Award (EYA) is a contest for young Europeans who creatively use Internet and mobiles to get action on the most pressing social issues of today. The EYA connects them with an international network of experienced entrepreneurs, business leaders and renowned experts from the multimedia-sector and provides a stage for showcasing their projects.
The anticipation ahead of the launch of the High Level Panel’s report was palpable both at Progressio HQ and for those following #post2015HLP. After nine months of work the panel, made up of 27 people from politicians to private sector professionals, presented their report to Ban Ki Moon in New York.
Chris Mweembe, a Progressio DW based in Zimbabwe with Environment Africa, shares his thoughts on where the High Level Panel’s report of Post 2015 development goals should go next, looking in detail at agricultural targets and supporting small scale farmers.
Last month I was privileged to attend an international conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Climate Justice that took place in Dublin from April 15-16th. The two-day conference was conducted in a unique way: farmers spoke, policy makers listened.