"For the last two years the rains have damaged our crops, we are experiencing loss. The rain has damaged our vegetables. We are buying our foods from [the market] with our savings. In the past we saved some money but now we are spending what we have in order to survive. Even this year we are not able to produce enough rice."
-Mohammed Samsul Haque, Bangladesh
Farmers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America are struggling to adapt to changing weather patterns and rainy seasons. Increased droughts and flooding are threatening food security and rural livelihoods.
World Renew seeks to address these challenges through programs that help farmers adapt to the changing climate.
Agroecology, including conservation agriculture, helps to create a road map for our field staff so that we are working WITH nature rather than against it. Protecting and nourishing the land means we can bless creation, in return for creation blessing us!
According to Roland Bunch, a leading expert on sustainable agriculture, World Renew has “increased food security, promoted Biblical principles of brotherhood and healthy ethnic relations, improved gender relations, [and] improved economic conditions… I would definitely put its work in the top quartile of NGO agricultural work around the world.”
PROJECTS IN NEED OF YOUR SUPPORT
Bocage Farming - Mali
In a country where nearly 50% of the population lives below the poverty line and nearly 60% of the land is considered arid and desert, climate change is contributing to food insecurity.
Conservation Agriculture - Honduras
In Honduras, rural households frequently experience food insecurity and continued threats of drought and hotter temperatures will have implications for crop production. Conservation Agriculture can help farmers adapt to these changing conditions.
Floating Gardens - Bangladesh
Many of us grew up with images of flooding in Bangladesh. Climate change is making things worse. Floating gardens can help farmers adapt.
CHURCHES, JOIN THE CLIMATE WITNESS PROJECT
The Climate Witness Project is a campaign of the Office of Social Justice and World Renew designed to walk with congregations as they learn about the realities of climate change, as they seek to be better stewards of the resources they have been given, and as they find their voice to speak to their public officials about common sense climate policy that will benefit the earth, people around the world who are poor and vulnerable, and future generations.
So far, more than 500 CRC members from 77 congregations in the U.S. and Canada have come together to learn, act, and advocate for a safer and more just world.