As numerous studies have outlined, including those by the World Bank and the FAO, climate-smart agriculture requires an integrated approach that is responsive to local conditions; and Feed the Future does just that.
At the end of the day, we remain committed to ensuring our assistance not only saves lives today, but reduces the risk of disaster tomorrow. From Syria to Somalia, we’re working to bring long-term food security to the 840 million people around the world who go to bed hungry every night.
Recognizing the critical role that livestock plays in the food security and economies of developing countries, Feed the Future is helping pastoralists adapt to climate change while building the capacity of partner institutions in these countries to support local pastoral communities.
Feed the Future partners at Ecuador’s national institute for agricultural research found that a wild plant species similar to the naranjilla, called Solanum hirtum, is resistant not only to Fusarium wilt, but also to an infesting roundworm that is another common threat to plants.
Now that he is able to cultivate enough maize to meet his family’s food needs, Njambo has also diversified and started to grow cowpea, cassava, and pigeon pea for additional income. He wants to branch out into sesame and soybean production in the next planting season and expects to sell these crops for five times the price he could get for maize.
The significance of iron pearl millet extends beyond its nutritional potency; the variety released is also high-yielding and disease-tolerant. Iron pearl millet is also a climate-smart crop – its drought tolerance and efficient use of water makes it an increasingly critical food source in the face of climate change.