With growing demand among small-scale farming families for local, sustainably produced food and a growing urgency to create a more reliable and less destructive food web as an alternative to the conventional farming network we currently rely upon., the project offered an excellent opportunity for the small-scale farmers and potential farmers to acquire a wealth of information on the most efficient sustainable small-scale farming methods we know, gathered from over 10 years of adaptive research and hands-on practical experience in the field. We had the opportunity to demonstrate that sustainable small-scale farming methods and practices have potential for improving both the productivity and resilience of small-scale farming families and communities.
What challenges did or does your project face?
Insufficient and unstable financial resources to enhance the project’s and organizational outreach and training effectiveness in the scaling up of promising sustainable, smaller-scale farming methods that will allow small-scale farming families and communities to increase yields while conserving resources and minimizing environmental damage.
How are you working to overcome them?
CMAP seeks to develop a more diversified range of donors who can provide different amounts at different points of a program's/project's implementation. Seeking both local as well as overseas donors is in focus. Where possible bringing together a coalition of partners - of other NGOS, universities and research institutions who contribute different expertise and knowledge, and larger target areas and beneficiary communities has been prioritized.
What did you or your project learn this season that might be useful to others as well?
Currently, the world is experiencing a multitude of interconnected environmental challenges which are creating major social, economic and political consequences. Focusing on only one of these environmental problems is not a good strategy for success, as all life on Earth is part of a vast web of living systems, and what impacts one part of the web affects the whole. Focusing on any single issue – deteriorating quantities of genetic seed stock, a greatly depleted farmable soil base, insufficient regional food stocks for world populations, a greatly lessened per capita water supply, a greatly lessened forestry base —is an incomplete response to the needs of the future. When any one of these problems is addressed, all aspects of the whole must be brought into consideration