CLIMATE CHANGE FOCUS: Cows, coffee and sustainable farming

12 November 2018

Small-scale farms in Panama are helping to heal land degraded by extensive cattle ranching and extreme rainfall or drought associated with climate change, thanks to a project supported by the UN Development Programme, (UNDP).

Dolores Solís, a famer in Panama practices agroforestry techniques which involves growing a variety of crops, planting trees and raising cattle. (October 2018)
Panamanian farmer Dolores Solís practices agroforestry techniques.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​UNDP SGP Panama/Andrea Egan

The farms are combining trees, food crops, fodder for animals and cattle rearing, a type of farming known as silvopastoral agriculture or agroforestry.

In the Azuero Peninsula region of the Central American country, which is dominated by a tropical but relatively dry forest, farmers like Dolores Solís have adopted silvopastoral techniques which improve food security and promote reforestation, as well as the sustainable use of water and land.

Mr. Solís has been growing coffee, sugarcane and plantains as well as raising cattle.

Read more here about how famers are contributing to building a more resilient environment in Panama.

For more information on the UN and climate change, read here.


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