Food Security for southern African small holder farmers can be achieved when farmers are guaranteed a harvest each year.
However, declining yields and crop failure are an increasing reality - due to soil degradation and climate-related hazards including prolonged dry spells, droughts and floods.
These hazards are expected to increase in frequency and severity leading to greater vulnerability of small holder farmers.
Increased vulnerability often translates into increased food insecurity unless farmer’s resilience to climatic shocks is strengthened.
Conservation Agriculture (CA) is a ‘climate smart’ agriculture that enhances the resilience of the production system to better cope with erratic rainfall.
Phineas Muyabi, a 59 year old small scale farmer from Mwachisompola camp, Chibombo District in Zambia is one of 180,000 farmers introduced to Conservation Agriculture by the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, with FAO support.
He talks about his experiences in making the shift to CA.
Music: Kevin McLeod/Incompetech
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