Climate Action and Food Security. Perhaps nowhere is climate change more brutally felt than in many of the vulnerable communities where PWRDF partners work with people who do not yet have the resources to cope. Small holder farmers struggle to feed their families. Soil degradation and expanding deserts decrease food security, increase poverty and drive migration. Climate-related disasters, such as drought, floods, cyclones and tropical storms, increase food insecurity, both in the immediate aftermath of a disaster and in the long term.
But as scientists sound the alarm over climate change, there is also reason to see hope. There are small changes afoot. As part of PWRDF’s 2019-2024 Strategic Plan and our commitment to Sustainable Development Goal #13 (Climate Action), we are working with partners in Tanzania, Bangladesh, Cuba, Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Colombia on strategies to mitigate the impacts, and adapt to the realities of climate change.
Earlier this year PWRDF launched a three-year Education Focus titled “Creation Care: Climate Action.” Each year will focus on a different theme: year one is climate action and food security; year two is climate action and women, and year three is climate action and health.
World Water Day is held on March 22nd, and focuses on the importance of water. It goes back to 1992, at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. It serves to raise awareness and reaffirm that water and sanitation measures are key to poverty reduction, economic growth, and environmental sustainability. It also aims to encourage action to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030, which is linked to agriculture and food security.