Adapting Agricultural Practices to Combat Climate Change

The effects of global climate change significantly impact agriculture in Guatemala, particularly small-scale farmers, and will only continue to increase in the decades to come. ALDEA and our partner organization in Guatemala, ABPD, believe that supporting communities in developing their resiliency to climate change is key to securing healthy and abundant futures. We work with our partner communities to train them in sustainable food production to build soil quality by engaging in local ancestral methods rather than degrade it through intensive mono-culture agriculture. Training sessions are also provided for the creation of natural fertilizers and pesticides to eliminate the use of toxic chemicals and minimize the impact of rising prices of artificial fertilizers. Supporting our program participants in planting gardens provides a source of nutritious foods to supplement their diets and increase food security for their families. We have recently assisted our partners in installing rainfall meters, so that the data collected can be used to learn more about how torrential rains impact erosion, crop yields, and more. ALDEA is committed to sustainable solutions to the challenges facing our partner communities, supporting them as they drive change and lead the way to a more empowered and engaged population.