Voices from the field – Participatory approaches of Climate Smart Agriculture practices (CSA), Farmer Field Schools (FFS) and indigenous Chakra systems

The event “Voices from the field”, organized by FAO, aims at highlighting the potential of community-based, bottom-up strategies in agriculture to implement and scale up climate change commitments. In particular, the event will showcase three approaches that leverage this potential: Farmer Field Schools (FFS), indigenous Chakra systems and Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA).

Speakers will present practical on-the-ground experiences contributing to enhance climate resilience of the agri-food sector in Ecuador, India, Senegal, Tanzania and Zambia, and will share lessons learned, opportunities and challenges.

An interactive discussion will encourage deeper reflection on the potential of FFS, indigenous systems and CSA as effective tools to promote community-based climate action and turn global and national commitments into concrete actions at the local and national levels.

The event targets policy makers, farmers’ organizations, NGOs, development practitioners and all actors involved on the ground.

The invited speakers are:

  • Ms Eularia Zulu, Farmer and Chairperson, Chongwe District Agribusiness Hub
  • Dr Petan Hamazakaza, Principal Research Officer, Zambia Agriculture Research Institute
  • Mr Lamine Diatta, Program Officer, Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU), Climate Change Division, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Senegal
  • Mr Geovanny Enriquez, Coordinator CSA Cocoa Project, FAO Ecuador
  • Mr Vijay Kumar, Special Chief Secretary, Natural Farming, Government of Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Mr Damian Lubuva, Irrigation and Cooperative Officer (DAICO) at Mufindi District Agriculture office, Government of Tanzania
  • Ms Ceris Jones , Senior climate change adviser at the UK National Farmers Union, UNFCCC Focal Point for Farmers’ Constituency 
  • Ms Alimatou Badji, Agricultural Technician, Association for the Promotion of the Senegalese Woman (APROFES), Senegal 
  • Ms Tasila Banda, National Project Coordinator for the Zambia Integrated Forest Landscape Project (ZIFLP) and UNFCCC focal point
  • Event moderated by: Mr Martial Bernoux, Natural Resources Officer, FAO

Promoting community-based approaches is crucial to finding concrete, adapted and sustainable solutions to climate change in the agriculture sector because it enables integrating scientific insights into local knowledge systems, and empowering local actors to take the lead role in improving their production systems.