CAS21: Small Farmers Feel Disastrous Effects of Climate Change
The Netherlands hosts this years’ international Climate Adaptation Summit, CAS 2021. ICCO (part of Cordaid) actively participates in this agenda-setting event.
Our planet is getting warmer, more polluted, and its natural resources are becoming exhausted. This has a growing impact on all societies and economies. Small farmers and their communities in low-income countries are the first to feel the disastrous effects of climate change and to carry the burden. They are doing their utmost to adapt to increasingly recurring extreme climate crises such as droughts, hurricanes, and floods.
On January 25-26, CAS 2021 convenes global leaders and local stakeholders. It will see the launch of a comprehensive Adaptation Action Agenda that sets out clear commitments to deliver concrete new endeavours and partnerships to make our world more resilient to the effects of climate change.
Given the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, this years’ summit is an online event, streaming a range of events from time zones across the globe during 24 hours. The aim is to inspire change and support tangible solutions to the problems of a warming world, and to show how we can achieve a climate-resilient future.
ICCO is contributing to the CAS by organising or participating in several side events. Here are some examples.
- ICCO participates in the pitchfest and podcast of the Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) program. A collection of project pitches of several G4AW projects will be shown during the CAS 2021 summit. This video shows the example of how using satellites can improve smallholder resilience. Furthermore the podcast series ‘Space for Food Security’ will be released. The first episode called ‘True Clients’ focusses on the business approach of the program and how this is empowering farmers. Lenneke Braam, working for ICCO, is one of the speakers. Read more about on of our G4AW programs here.
- An anchoring event, hosted by the Government of Bangladesh, highlights principles and examples of locally-led climate adaptation action. One such example is ICCO’s project the Salt Solution assisting farmers to introduce salt-tolerant crops so that fallow agricultural land becomes productive again for farmers (increasing flooding causes the soil to become saline). This video shows you more.
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