14, November, 2011

Improving Small Farmers’ Adaptive Capacity in Semi-arid Regions

Brazilian Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) strategies work to improve farmers' quality of life, earning power and overall resiliency to adapt as conditions worsen due to climate change. Brazil's creative and successful approach benefits the 23 million people living in its semi-arid region.

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Key Lessons:

  • Brazil's successes were underpinned by integrating government policies and incentives, NGO projects and community participatory development (adaptation across scales).
  • Improving water access is insufficient without building capacity, introducing technology and providing technical assistance to enable communities to put water to its most productive use.

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