Climate, Environment and Biodiversity : The sustainable use of natural resources is key to poverty reduction. Factors such as improper resource use, large-scale deforestation, and climate change are increasingly threatening our basis of life. Climate change is a destructive force that is leading to a hungrier and more vulnerable world. It destabilizes economies, fuels conflict, cripples productivity and weakens social structures. At Aid Gate, we work with the people and communities who are on the front lines of the climate crisis, and those at the forefront of climate innovation, to find a sustainable way forward together. The most vulnerable people in Iraq and the world are disproportionately exposed to extreme weather events, are more dependent on natural resources, and are less able to deal with and adapt to negative environmental impacts. When farmers suffer drought, communities face devastating floods year after year, or entrepreneurs do not have sustainable electricity to power their businesses, more complex crises arise.Addressing the core challenges of climate change, water security, natural resource management, and access to energy is critical to supporting people in fragile settings to adapt their lives to new risks, as societies and economies change over time. That’s why we focus on climate solutions that deliver practical and meaningful change at the local level, and then mobilize our global team to identify opportunities for expansion and iteration worldwide. Agriculture and Food Security:
  • Hunger is most prevalent in remote regions of the world where people typically draw their food and livelihoods from the natural environment. High demand on the world market for food and agricultural raw products threatens the food and nutrition security of rural families, many of whom can no longer afford healthy meals. Long rains or droughts, provoked by climate change, exacerbate these challenges. Many of the communities AGO works with are situated in ecologically and climatically vulnerable regions. For these people, diets, food systems and the use of natural resources are inextricably linked. AGO adapting a holistic and multi-sectoral approach seeks to empower rural families to achieve sustainable food and nutrition through training in agriculture, resource management, water, and alternative income and nutrition. Encompassed in this is our focus on site-specific agriculture, which supports smallholder farmers in cultivating higher-yield, more nutritious crops to fight hunger and poverty while saving natural resources. AGO programmes are also designed to sustainably strengthen resilience to climate change effects by sharing knowledge on climate-adapted cultivation and harvesting methods with climate-resistance crops. AGO empowers communities to help themselves on a long-term basis, by using Market-Based Approaches that enable people to continue to earn a living from their agricultural products. AGO’s core Agriculture and Climate Action interventions:
  • Advocacy for environmental rights .
  • Waste management .
  • Capacity building for community and government toward sustainable climate.
  • Youth and community-led environmental rights initiatives .
  • Capacity building for farmers on new Agriculture techniques and technologies .
  • Supporting farmers with business management and agribusiness .
  • Capacity building for the directorate of Agriculture (DoA) and extension departments.
  • Introducing solar and new agriculture tools for the irrigation system.
  • Water management and best practices through field schools .
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