Lessons from Latin America: How Can Smallholder Agroforestry Boost Climate Resilience?

Previously Recorded | May 29, 2024

Heifer International hosts a roundtable discussion on smallholder-led interventions building climate resilience in Latin America, including a climate adaptation equivalency index and the role of participatory action research in driving development gains.

Presentation Slides

Latin America is endowed with rich biodiversity and diverse ecosystems, yet it faces significant challenges posed by climate change, including extreme weather events, soil degradation and water scarcity.

Smallholder farmers in these contexts are embracing agroforestry as a promising approach that not only mitigates greenhouse gas emissions but also boosts the resilience of agricultural systems to climate variability.

The roundtable discussion dives into critical interventions and research conducted across Central America, where panellists share case studies, identify lessons learned and discuss key challenges for combating climate change in smallholder contexts.

Moderated by Mark Chandler, director of environmental initiatives at Heifer International, the discussion explores the multifaceted benefits of agroforestry practices and the pivotal role of participatory action research (PAR) in driving sustainable development outcomes.

Speakers include:

• Ernesto Méndez, Professor of Agroecology and Environmental Studies, University of Vermont

• Luisa Tabín, Building Climate Resilience Project Manager, Heifer Guatemala