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Whether it be droughts, extreme floods or super typhoons, coffee rust, plant disease or pest outbreaks, small-scale farmers already seem to be unduly burdened by the changing climate. Indeed, recent events like Typhoon Haiyan, the flooding in Bolivia or coffee rust in central America are hurting Heifer farmers. And while reports offer a grim picture, we're already working with farmers to mitigate the effects a changing climate will have on their ability to feed themselves, their families, and to ultimately produce food for their communities and the world. 

Our CEO, Pierre Ferrari, recently traveled to Kenya and saw some of these efforts in action. Check out the video clip below to learn about the terracing Kenyan farmers are utilizing to help keep top soils in place so they can continue to grow nutritious foods.

Mitigating climate change is a huge challenge for Heifer farmers globally. In Kenya, a farm-to-field school is teaching farmers how to terrace land and use other techniques to combat the impact climate change has on their farms.


Continue to check back here throughout the month as we continue this conversation during the International Year of Family Farming. 

Author

Annie Bergman

Bergman is a Global Communications Manager for Heifer and helps plan, assign and develop content for the nonprofit’s website, magazine and blog. Bergman has interviewed survivors of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, beekeepers in Honduras, women’s groups in India and war widows in Kosovo in her six years at Heifer. Bergman received her bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma and a master’s degree in Australian Aboriginal Studies from the University of Melbourne in Australia. Her hobbies include hiking, golfing, cooking, reading and walking her dogs.