experience the most significant economic and agricultural losses from projected climate change scenarios. Without proper interventions, indigenous cropping mechanisms will become ineffective and unable to adapt in the face of intensifying climate uncertainties. Sweet potato, the national staple, is predicted to have significantly reduced yields. Given the combination of limited knowledge and strong local traditional beliefs in PNG, it is unlikely that community-based adaptation measures alone will make an adequate response to intense climate change. Without systematic adaptation, agricultural practices and indigenous cropping mechanisms in PNG will fail to cope with climate change impacts.
With a grant from the Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM), ChildFund PNG will assist in strengthening the agricultural resilience and adaptive capacity of subsistence farmers in 12 climate-vulnerable communities in a manner that capitalizes on their existing strengths and complements the local culture. This project will help improve local food security by enhancing indigenous farming practices, introducing new soil and water management techniques, and promoting resilient varieties of local crops in the communities in Rigo District, Central Province. It will also empower youth and youth groups to act as climate change champions in order to promote positive community responses to the risks of climate change.
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