Fridays for Climate | Low-tech solutions for agriculture in Cabo Verde

Fridays for Climate | Low-tech solutions for agriculture in Cabo Verde

🌍 In Cabo Verde, the Agro Floresta project, a part of the five-year EU-funded GCCA+ project, covers a wide range of sustainable agriculture techniques such as growing drought-resistant crops and planting ground cover to tackle desertification.

Alfredo and his fellow farmers from the Montado Freixo do Meio co-operative on Santo Antão live on the very edge of climate change. Seven out of every ten islanders live in rural areas and are heavily dependent on agriculture. The strong Atlantic winds which blow all year round cause significant soil erosion.

“The conditions here are really harsh. It’s really tough to transform what is essentially a desert. The lack of water, the wind and the sun make it a really difficult process. But we are determined. Agroforestry is an ancient agro-ecological technique which aims to increase farming productivity."

    - Alfredo, who is working in the Casa do Meio experimental field

Traditional, low-tech solutions not only cost less but are often more effective. For example, nests made from straw or waste sugar cane are built around fruit trees and other plants to retain moisture, provide protection from the wind and enrich the soil. 🌱

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