Climate change is a reality. Pollution is a reality. Ecosystem degradation is a reality. Renewable natural resources are being depleted and degraded, leaving communities who depend on them in an increasingly precarious situation.
With the very environment we depend upon under attack, and the least resilient in society suffering disproportionately, ADPP’s answer is to join forces with the vulnerable and fight back.
At project level, smallholders in ADPP Farmers’ Clubs learn environmentally friendly farming techniques, systems of irrigation that reduce water loss, the use of drought-resistant crop types and varieties. They plant trees, build firewood saving stoves, minimise pollution through improved waste disposal systems. ADPP engages charcoal producing communities to produce charcoal as efficiently as possible, to create environmental action groups and to plant trees.
ADPP Polytechnic students help develop efficient stoves at an affordable price and reduce charcoal loss by recycling residues into briquettes. Fishing communities have been learning the importance and means of reducing the depletion of fish stock, protect water sources, and increase overall sustainability.
Resilience to climate change is being achieved in the Cuvelai Basin through workshops and Community Action Groups, the demonstration of firewood saving stoves, seed banks, bee keeping and honey production, environmentally appropriate agricultural techniques, tree nurseries, horticulture and fish farming. Solar panels distributed to remote smallholdings and solar energy components of integrated development projects mean renewable energy sources are transforming lives and ensuring communication.
Community radio broadcasts are reaching farmers with technical help, information about environmental protection and weather warnings.
ADPP collaborates with a wide range of stakeholders in these projects, including the Ministries of Agriculture, Environment, Fisheries, Territorial Administration, provincial and municipal governments and traditional authorities, as well as multinational and national organisations.
Os Clubes de Agricultores têm 4.250 agricultores, sendo três quartos mulheres, organizadas em 85 clubes. Além do uso de ténicas de conservação agrícola, os clubes de todas as províncias continuam a desenvolver o sistema de crédito rotativo de animais, duplicando o número da criação de animais. A estação produtiva alargou-se através da combinação de plantação de culturas da estação seca e da estação das chuvas e as habilidades de literacia, adquiridas em anos anteriores, preparam o caminho para a melhoria da manutenção de registos e da gestão de pequenos negócios.