Adapting to climate change

Climate change is having an increasingly negative effect on South Africa’s agricultural sector.

Without the necessary resources to protect themselves from this threat, emerging and small-scale farmers are the ones who suffer most.

 But a multi-year project – implemented by South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)

In 2014, SANBI was selected as the implementing agent of the project in South Africa and is currently overseeing two Adaptation Fund projects that are yielding remarkable results.

climate change and new technologies, we have to take stock of whether our current infrastructure can withstand these challenges,” he added.

Technical capacity He said local government has to deal with the challenge of building the technical capacity within,

to master the art of project preparation in order to execute infrastructure projects.

It has a duty to inspire municipalities to better deliver services because municipalities must inspire

the confi dence of citizens who have entrusted them with this vital role.

Helping livestock farmers in the desert The fi rst of these is a R33 million Small Grants Facility (SGF)

 that provides funding to community-driven farming projects which have the potential to improve the climate resilience

(and therefore productivity) of farmers. Situated in the remote semi-desert of the Namakwa District in the Northern Cape,

A total of 65 new sheep and goats were distributed among the BRC farmers.

Since then, the original livestock have produced 350 healthy offspring, which has increased production

“I am a member of the BRC, but previously I only owned land and not livestock.

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