Cauca Climate Smart Village

Colombia

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Climate Smart Village

The Climate Smart Village (CSV) in Cauca is located in the northwest of the municipality of Popayan, south west Colombia and seven villages integrate it, with 164 households implementing climate-smart agriculture (CSA) options. Its main productive systems are coffee, sugarcane and vegetables for local consumption.

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The Climate Smart Village (CSV) in Cauca, Colombia is located in the northwest of the municipality of Popayan and seven villages integrate it, with 164 households implementing climate-smart agriculture (CSA) options. Among the main crops of these families are coffee, sugar cane, vegetables for their own, and the community's consumption.

Farmers of CSV Cauca have noticed how in recent years the climatic conditions of their territory have changed due to climate variability and climate change, different climate events such as droughts, heavy rains, hailstorms and strong winds have caused changes in the productivity of their crops, soil degradation, access to water sources, among others, increasing farmer’s vulnerability.

Since 2015, the rural communities of the northwest of the municipality of Popayan joint with  the Ecohabitats Foundation, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the Ecohabitats Foundation, the rural communities of the northwest of the municipality of Popayan and different local stakeholders started to implement the CSV approach at this location, with the aim to support rural communities to become more resilient to climate change and progress towards rural sustainable development.

The CSV is a space where different actors co-develop, test, adopt and evaluate integrated and innovative portfolios of CSA options that seek to promote sustainable agriculture and improve the livelihoods of the communities. It is important to highlight that all the work done in Cauca CSV includes a gender and youth perspective.

Cauca CSV includes capacity building around a better understanding of climate allowing farmers to make better decisions and plan for the short and medium term through participatory, double-track and multi-scale construction processes.

Who are we?

Jimmy Mañunga

President of the Association of Community Action Boards of Northwestern Popayan. The Association of Community Action Boards of Northwestern Popayan is a civic, social, and community organization that joins efforts and resources to procure a comprehensive, sustainable and lasting development for the rural communities that are within Cauca CSV.

Luis Alfonso Ortega

Legal Representative Ecohabitats Foundation.Ecohabitats leads participatory process and works hand in hand with rural communities in the planning of adaptation to climate variability and climate change, within the framework of conservation and sustainable development processes.

Deissy Martínez Barón

Regional Program Leader of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) in Latin America. She is pursuing a PhD in Geography at the University of Copenhagen. CCAFS has worked closely with local, national and regional partners to make agriculture more competitive and resilient to climate change.

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