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news | December 07, 2015 | Tajikistan | Development

Climate change adaptation in Tajikistan: building farmers capacities to improve food security

Climate change directly impacts communities within Tajikistan with increased instances of natural hazards such as mudslides and floods, and reduced land fertility causing food scarcity and inflation. Local vulnerabilities to physical and economic injury is exacerbated by climate change, and this increases the vulnerability of already “at-risk” (social minorities, elderly persons, women, children, and the disabled) populations- already occupying the lower rungs of the socio-economic ladder- to food insecurity, increasing instances of malnutrition leading to stunting and various deficiency-related conditions.

How to tackle recurring natural hazards and food scarcity in Tajikistan?

Within Tajikistan, ACTED is working to counter the effects of climate change through building farmer capacities to engage in climate smart, sustainable farming practices, working to ensure that modern farming techniques are more efficiently utilizing available resources, reducing preventable environmental degradation, and thus minimizing the effects of climate change on local food security. Additionally, our teams in Tajikistan are working across the region to engage communities in improving grassroots disaster preparedness and bettering local stewardship of natural resources, thus reducing the effects of climate change through improving community abilities in preventing and managing natural disasters.

“Climate change is a very important part of ACTED Tajikistan’s programming, as it challenges us to not only address the obstacles we face in the here and now, but to innovate, to ensure that our beneficiaries are empowered with the tools to overcome and seize the opportunities presented tomorrow’s reality”, says ACTED Tajikistan Country Director.