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Climate-Smart Agriculture

Coming to smallholder farmers everywhere

The adage “think globally, act locally” has particular resonance in agriculture. As the war in Ukraine vividly demonstrated, geopolitical conflict can suddenly disrupt local crops, farmers, and supply chains. Agriculture has always been highly localized. Decisions about what crops to grow and what animals to raise depend on the land’s microclimate, soil type, altitude, elevation, and water sources, as well as the culture, nutritional needs, religious practices, and taste preferences of the people being fed. As the effects of climate change become more pronounced, farmers everywhere face threats of drought, flooding, heat waves, intense storms, and shifting patterns of weather,…
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Brigit Helms is Executive Director, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, the premier university-based social enterprise accelerator dedicated to eliminating poverty. For 30 years, Helms has created and delivered solutions to social and environmental challenges in 45 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America, in both the private and public sectors.

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