Rural Farmers Adapt to Climate Change with New Solutions
Farmers in rural Nepal are plagued by extreme poverty resulting from recurring disasters like droughts, floods and earthquakes. Rising temperatures are leading to insect infestations and the droughts are drying up the farms that entire families depend on. As people migrate to urban areas, the responsibilites of the household often fall on the women who stay behind to take care of the home and their families. Seeing the devastating losses of colleagues, farmers wish for their children to get a job elsewhere or become civil servants. "Agriculture is not a good option."
Programs such as the BRACED project are helping Nepalese farmers set up vegetable co-operatives and use "climate-smart" technologies that help them adapt to climate conditions, including solar pumps. The impact is so marked that farmers using these new methods are beginning to rely on their local vegetable farming for their income again.