Poor families worldwide are already feeling the impacts of climate change. They are seeing first-hand how unpredictable rainfall patterns cause water shortages, reduce harvests and exacerbate hunger. They are witnessing the effects of more extreme weather such as cyclones and hurricanes that destroy their homes, lives and incomes. And they have to cope with longer, more severe droughts which kill their livestock and threaten their crops. Women and children are 14 times more likely than men to suffer direct impacts of natural disasters and climate change. Not only are more women injured or killed during hurricanes and floods, women and girls are often responsible for farming their fields and collecting water, meaning that they are increasingly affected by more extreme droughts or floods.
By the year 2020, we will help 50 million poor and vulnerable people to increase their food and nutrition security and their resilience to climate change. Last year, we worked with over one million people to help them adapt their lifestyles and livelihoods to a changing climate, or reduce their risk or exposure to disasters.
Globally, CARE's work on climate change is to help ensure that the rights of the poorest and most vulnerable people are heard at the international climate change negotiations and to implement projects that help people adapt and become more resilient co climate shocks. his includes helping women and men learn new farming techniques and protect themselves from recurring disasters. It also means securing people’s rights and access to valuable natural resources. With the right knowledge and sufficient means, people are able to take the necessary steps to safeguard their own lives, incomes and futures. And by strengthening women’s voices, we ensure they have a stronger say in decisions that affect their lives.
Nearly half the population of Tanzania lives below the poverty line. Despite working long hours in the field, women farmers find it incredibly difficult to produce enough nutritious food for their families. CARE has established the Growing is Learning project, in which women farmers are trained in the production of soy. CARE staff members, teach soy planting in demonstrations to women farmers across 11 villages in Tanzania. The project gives women soy seeds for planting, as well as educating and training on farming techniques, sustainability, gender equality in the home and the community, and access to markets. Thanks to donors, Growing is Learning is providing women farmers with the soy seeds for planting, training them to farm efficiently, and even connecting them to local markets so they can sell their surplus in bulk. In just 12 weeks they will have enough to make nutritious meals for their families, and can start earning an income.
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