The latest from the Barefoot Guide Agroecology Series
The Climate Emergency
How Africa can survive and thrive
By The AFSA Barefoot Guide Writer’s Collective of the Agroecology and Climate Crisis Working Group
The climate emergency affects us all deeply, in so many ways. But for farmers, it has more drastic implications. It undermines all aspects of the food systems that they depend on. Extreme weather devastates their crops and livestock, and destabilises the very water cycle that they are intimately a part of.
Today, the majority of the solutions put forth and funded by governments and donors to address these problems are, in the long term, making things worse. Industrial agricultural methods, posing as “Climate Smart Agriculture”, encourage excessive use of chemical inputs on plants and in the soil, another example of the false solutions brought by the rich and powerful.
But there is a different narrative at work in Africa. The stories in this AFSA Barefoot Guide show that African farmers, long seen as victims, are beginning to implement lasting, sustainable solutions to the climate crisis in Africa. Indeed, they are examples that could well be followed by all farmers.
Through agroecology practices, not only are farmers naturally adapting to the inevitable and growing harm of the climate crisis, but they can also make significant contributions to its mitigation. Read this Barefoot Guide to find out how.
WHAT HAVE OTHERS SAID ABOUT THE bAREFOOT gUIDES...
The Barefoot Guides have been the key influences in my life and work… my constant companions in my community and organisational development work. Marie Corcoran-tindill, Trainer, Facilitator of community and group processes, Dublin
The Barefoot initiative is itself an exciting expression of social change. Inez Hackenberg, Utrecht University
As a trained action learning facilitator their guides have helped me work with grassroots communities in Myanmar and Thailand. Kevina Maddick, Program Manager at Right To Play, Bangkok
The Barefoot Guide's transformative process… shows us the way to transcend borders, sectors, limits, to break the silos! Vincent Stevaux, ITECO, Bruxelles
Barefoot Guide has been creating phenomenal content for the critical process of experiential reflection at both individual and organizational levels. Jesse Chen, Changemakers, Washington
…a wonderful contribution to open access knowledge, grounded on a great depth of experience and horizontal learning from across the world. Samantha Button, East Africa Program Head, Maliasili
…the Barefoot Guide collection is having a great influence, especially the lives of field workers and communities. Muta Wakilu Tamasco, Ghana
The Barefoot Guide Connection has a unique and truly transformational approach to collaboration, learning and facilitating social, transformational change across borders. Tobias Troll Director, EDGE Europe at EDGE Funders Alliance, Bruxelles
This unusual and exceptional volume (and series) is hugely accessible yet deeply rooted in solid theory and extensive practice across a wide range of contexts and fields. Expect from it something truly unique in its combination of insight, reflection, experience and highly usable mixed text/visual presentation. It is not "dumbed down." I have seen it bite as deeply at high academic and professional level as at grassroots community leadership level, an astonishing achievement worth honouring. Professor Jim Cochrane Cape Town