1000 producers united against climate change
Nicaragua is the 4th country in the world most affected by climate change. For those who live close to the earth each day, its effects are obvious. “Three years ago, the rains were so heavy that I lost 10 beehives that year,” remembers Juan Jose Quintanilla, beekeeper from El Cua (Jinotega), and member of the Adapta Project. The loss of the hives has a serious impact on the farming families. “If we have a low honey yield then we will certainly not have the necessary income to maintain our families,” recognises Juan Jose.
Because of this, 800 cacao and honey producers from the provinces of Jinotega, Matagalpa and Nueva Segovia (in the North of Nicaragua) have joined together under the Adapta Project to find a solution based on science and experimentation. It is hoped that by the end of the project this figure will have reached 1000.
Over the course of the 4 years, the Adapt Project will carry out daily climatic and phenological monitoring of the agreed areas for cacao and honey production. 20 of 800 producers have been chosen as Observing Producers to this end. This Observing Producers will collect daily data from the weather stations which have been installed on their farms by the Adapt Project.
The aim is to acquire quality scientific information which will tell us how the climate is changing in the project zones, how it specifically affects cacao and honey, and what action the producers can take in order to adapt to the changes.
“With the weather stations, we are going to have a clear perspective of what crops could be most affected and in what way. With the empirical and technological knowledge which we gain from the project, we will be able to predict the situation each year, and improve the growing needs due to climate change,” says Ruben Perfecto Rugama, participating cacao producer in the Adapt Project and Observing Producer in the project.
The participation and involvement of the producers is essential. Because of this, on 24th January 2017, we met in the Hotel Caboba in Matagalpa. There, the 800 producers and their families were able to share data and experiences about how climate change is affecting production and how they expect its impact will continue to increase. Three of the Observing Producers recounted how they were getting on with the meticulous data collection and their observational work. Partner Centro Humboldt explained in detail how to use the weather forecast bulletins which are now being sent out from the project and presented the results of a phenological cacao study and the honey producing species which have been developed in the Adapta Project.
The success of the Adapta Project is based on ensuring that the producers acquire the necessary tools and knowledge to make their own, best decisions about how to react to the impacts of climate change. For this, ongoing participation and training for the duration of the project is essential. The producers who make up the Adapta Project will see the benefits during the 4 years in the form of various forms of training. Follow us on social media and you won’t miss anything.