The food security project addresses the climate change effects in Micani, rural Bolivia, by relying on two methods: The introduction of micro-irrigation systems in school gardens so that students learn to plant sustainably from childhood on and through workshops in these model gardens where the entire population learns to apply sustainable agricultural practices independently. This will help to provide village schools, families and farmers of Micani permanent access to healthy food.
Bolivia is increasingly affected by extreme weather conditions due to climate change. Long periods of drought are becoming more frequent in the highlands, while simultaneously there are devastating heavy rainfalls. The following crop failures threaten the livelihoods of the rural population. The construction of school gardens is impeded in six communities due to the climatic conditions, as the altitude causes extreme cold, which the plants cannot tolerate in winter.
With your support, we can build solar tents and create a microclimate that reduces the amount of water needed for irrigation and the risk of frost damage to vegetables in these communities. Thus, we want to enable every village school in the Micani region to have a functioning school garden so that all children have the chance to be trained in sustainable agriculture and benefit from the project. In addition, the greater resistance to climate change provides a reliable source of food.
While equipping the school gardens with the micro-irrigation systems and building the solar tents is a short-term task, the long-term impact of the project lies in a change towards a sustainable agriculture. As climate change, rural migration and economic pressures increasingly reach even the most remote areas, this is an important intervention to ensure food security and well-being for Micani's population.