Gaspard walking through a field holding watering cans

Climate justice for farmers in Africa

The single most significant issue facing us all today is the climate crisis and climate injustice. Why? Because, as Titus, our Country Director for Kenya, says:   

“The poorest communities in Africa, who largely depend on rain-fed agriculture, are bearing the brunt of this crisis. The impact is clear: it is increasing world inequalities.”

Titus Sagala Country Director, Ripple Effect Kenya

In the video below you will meet Gaspard Nzabamwita, a smallholder farmer who lives in the colline (village) of Gako, in Bugesera, Rwanda. Even though the region where he lives is suitable for agriculture, his family’s ability to grow the food they need, and to get ahead in life, is thwarted by the climate challenges they face.

Please watch the video, read the blogs, and share Gaspard’s story. 

Nearly 70% of the people in Africa rely on the land to grow their food and generate an income. But although they feel the full force of the changing climate, they have been under-represented (if not invisible) in discussions of the unfolding global disaster. This is the reality of climate injustice.

Life on the front line

This four-part series of videos and blogs, ‘The climate crisis: life on the front line’, is our contribution to getting voices from this marginalised community heard.  Our work in supporting sustainable agriculture to combat hunger is based on the needs of the land and the people that live on it. We believe passionately that the farmers who are affected first and worst by the climate crisis must have a say in their future.

Our position on the climate crisis

Erratic weather patterns are already making the lives of rural families a struggle. We understand that there is a need for urgent action to create solutions to the climate crisis. Our agroecological climate-positive approaches use sustainable farming practices to mitigate against the effects of climate change. In fact, our work creates a positive environmental benefit by removing more carbon than is generated through our work.