Watching the climate and its relationship with cacao and honey.

Watching the climate and its relationship with cacao and honey.

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The Adapta project is based on observation, data analysis and experience. Three key factors to determine how the climate is changing in Nicaragua, what actual effects it has on cacao and honey production in Matagalpa, Jinotega and Nueva Segovia, and what action producers can take in order to protect and improve their output.

 

Our objective is clear: to adapt to climate change in order to maintain dependable and profitable agricultural and beekeeping sectors in Nicaragua.

 

The aim is to obtain the most accurate predictions possible in the chosen areas, and for this to happen it is vital that we have the participation of the producers. 20 of them have been chosen as Observing Producers. Each one has had a weather station installed. Each day, each farmer will collect data such as the temperature, the humidity, the rainfall…. At the same time, each farmer will gather data about the crop: how the plants are growing, flowering, bee behaviour…. In this way, by comparing the climatic data for each area with the specific crop data for each area, we will be able to make the most accurate recommendations possible for all the producers in the project.

 

We want a total of 100 cacao and honey producers to see direct benefits from the project. However, we are sure we can reach many more! Most of the observing producers’ families are involved in the Adapt Project and in the collection of data.

We installed the weather stations in two areas during the months of September, October and November 2016. At the same time, the Adapt Project teams provided intensive training to the producers about the general project methodology, the process for data collection, and how to operate the weather station. These individualised training sessions allowed not only producers, but also their families and friends, to play an active part in the project and its development.

 

“The good thing about the Adapta Project is that it is working with the climate. There are other projects that work with production, but they have omitted the fact that if there is no climate, there is neither production nor reproduction. If you have prior warning of where you should migrate/move the beehives to, this can help us improve production,” says Uriel Jarquin, beekeeper from Muy Muy (Matagalpa), and observing producer for the Adapta Project.

 

Do you want to know more?

Don’t miss our gallery showing the installation of the weather stations.

Download the material used in our workshops.

Download the final report on the training sessions.

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