Breaking new ground
Necessity is the mother of all innovation
Breaking new ground. While a big reason for Africa Foundation’s success to date has been in our slow-and-steady approach to community interventions – working with communities, not for them, empowering them to effect the change they have identified as needed in their own situations – to-date much of the work we have facilitated has primarily focused on improving health and education infrastructure and it is now time to break new ground.
Sustainability has always been at the heart of what we do and in this regard, we are looking forward to identifying the bigger issues that threaten the long-term vitality of the communities in which we work. Climate change is looming as the primary antagonist in every conservation landscape’s story and so we are actively pursuing programmes that will see our communities prepared for what lies ahead. Interventions like localised climate-wise agriculture, small scale water harvesting and alternative energy is what we are talking about.
Then, of course, there are the virtually untapped economic benefits of the carbon economy which remain to be explored and harnessed for the advancement of rural communities.
Reasons to create change
Parts per million CO2 in our atmosphere as of May 2020, the highest in human history.
Second warmest year on record ever – five of the warmest years have occurred since 2015.
The number of people currently impacted by land degradation worldwide.
The amount of benefit returned on investment for every US$ 1 invested in restoration.
People vulnerable to the impacts of climate change viz. drought, floods & extreme weather.
Portion of carbon emissions released every year caused by land use changes and deforestation.
Of all the paths you take in life,
make sure a few of them are dirt.
~ John Muir
Pathways to sustainability
Our new programmes that focus on effecting long-term sustainability in rural communities involve two specific interventions:
We are in the process of developing innovative strategies and partnerships to unlock the power of carbon credits as a means to generate rural economic returns while simultaneously securing biodiversity and ecosystem function.
Climate Resilient Livelihoods
We are working with communities to support their sustainable development. The aim is to develop community livelihoods resilience interventions that will build community capacity to respond to the impacts of climate change.
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