Cornell University

Farming for Change: Agroecology, Gender, and Climate Change Adaptation in Malawi and Tanzania

Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 12:00pm to 7:00pm

Mann Library, 2nd Floor Gallery
Cornell University Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

A new exhibit, on display through April in the Mann Library Gallery, chronicles some of the struggles and achievements of smallholder farming families in Malawi and Tanzania, in their efforts to improve food security, nutrition, social equity and sustainable land management in the face of climate change. The exhibit features photos and videos drawn from over fifteen years of participatory research carried out by Dr. Rachel Bezner Kerr (Development Sociology) and other researchers in collaboration with smallholder farmers. The projects depicted are resilient, sustainable, low-input farming systems that draw on smallholders’ agricultural knowledge and complex understanding of local environmental conditions.  Farmers have used community­ led educational strategies, such as recipe days, discussion groups and participatory theatre, to promote local knowledge of different recipes, food processing techniques, healthy child care practices and address gender and other social inequalities which are barriers to improved food security and nutrition. This approach has led to improved land management, food security and nutrition, and speaks to the resilience, strength and innovation of smallholder African farming families.

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