Climate Change has no boundaries:Help rural Brazil

 
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Climate Change has no boundaries:Help rural Brazil

Climate Change has no boundaries:Help rural Brazil
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Pasture and deforestation

Pasture and deforestation
The semi-arid region of northeast Brazil (sertão) is the poorest of the country. Over 60% of the local biome (caatinga) has been deforested mostly because of extensive pasture. Milk production represents the main source of income for small farmers. However, despite the unconfined grazing, milk yields are the lowest of Latin America because of an unbalanced animal diet and limited access to production technologies. Farmers end up deforesting large areas of the "caatinga" to feed their animals (view small | med | large | orig)

Desertification

Desertification
Because of extensive pasture, over 60% of the local biome (caatinga) has been deforested. This picture shows an area severely affected by deforestation in the region (view small | med | large | orig)

Hand irrigation

Hand irrigation
Hand irrigation is the most common irrigation method in the semi arid region of Brazil because of lack of local retailers of efficient technologies. (view small | med | large | orig)

Efficient irrigation technologies

Efficient irrigation technologies
The region has several thousands of small to large artificial water reservoirs (açudes) that were constructed by the Brazilian government to improve local water infrastructures. However, today just a small minority (2%) of them are used with efficient irrigation systems. The project has developed a pro-poor market mechanism to disseminate a modern agricultural model that helps increasing the yields of subsistence crops and animal feeds of small farmers. (view small | med | large | orig)

Improved production

Improved production
The system has shown to double crop and milk yields (and income) of each farmer that has acquired a kit within one year from installation. As of today, 35 irrigation kits have been installed and are being monitored for improvements. The objective is to start a social enterprise to outreach a minimum of 1000 farmers by 2014 and disseminate the model in other regions of Brazil and of the world. This will help reduce poverty and decrease the deforestation rate caused by pasture. (view small | med | large | orig)

Group meetings with local educators in Pintadas

Group meetings with local educators in Pintadas
Adapta Sertao in Pintadas, Bahia speaking with local academic leaders about the methods and processes toward implementing climate change material and the Adapta Sertao sustainable agricultural model into elementary education levels. (view small | med | large | orig)

Jarrod Russell

Jarrod Russell
Photo from Progress Report 'Spirit of Collaboration: Climate Change Adaptation' (view small | med | large | orig)

Preparation w/ technicians, Florisvaldo & Fabio

Preparation w/ technicians, Florisvaldo & Fabio
Photo from Progress Report 'Spirit of Collaboration: Climate Change Adaptation' (view small | med | large | orig)

Capacity Building: 1

Capacity Building: 1
Photo from Progress Report 'Spirit of Collaboration: Climate Change Adaptation' (view small | med | large | orig)

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Project Leader

Thais Corral

General Coordinator
Rio de Janeiro, RJ Brazil

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