Greener Belt Project: Adaptation to Climate Change by Family Farming in the Green Belt of São Paulo

September, 2022

The issues related to the climate crisis are already part of the lives and daily routine of smallholder farmers and organizations from the food supply chain. There are many registered cases of produce loss due to extreme events such as long droughts, storms and higher average in daily temperatures. Another effect of climate change in the agri-food value chain is the disruptions of food supply to big cities and the increase in prices.

Within this context Greener Belt Project was born aiming  to support family farmers in and around São Paulo city to become better adapted to climate change. This publication is a record of the activities and results of this 13-month pilot project, which ran from May 2021 to June 2022.

Chapter 1 addresses the motivations behind the project and the choice of its operating territory, the Cabeceiras Sub-Basin region of the Alto Tietê River Basin. Chapter 2 presents the research conducted by the team to understand how the territory of the Alto Tietê River Basin is susceptible to climate change. Chapter 3 shows seven climate change adaptation solutions for family farmers identified through an invitation to present cases. Chapter 4 reports the fieldwork performed with farmers who participated in a training course in three workshops. Finally, Chapter 5 brings some reflections on the results obtained and also to be leveraged.

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