Community engagement key to reducing agriculture’s impact on climate

Daniel White discusses the agricultural innovations he’s most excited about and explains why community engagement is crucial to reducing agriculture’s impact on the environment.

As the associate director of agriculture for ACDI/VOCA, Daniel White provides technical support and strategy to projects around the world that involve agricultural production and training, climate-smart agriculture and agribusiness development.

A lot of the technology he considers innovative isn’t necessarily new — and it doesn’t need to be, he said during a recent video interview in Devex’s Washington studio.

Instead, White stressed that reallocating tech to areas where it may not have been used before is more important, explaining that it’s crucial to not just develop ways to mitigate the effects of a changing climate, but to provide communities with the capacity to adapt themselves.

One of ACDI/VOCA’s projects in Jamaica employs a tool called Communities Empowered for Disaster and Adaptive Resilience, or CEDAR, an example of this participatory approach to educating communities in areas of high risk to the impacts of climate change.

Watch the video above and tell us in the comment section what you’d consider a smart investment in global food security today.  

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    Kelli Rogers is a global development reporter for Devex. Based in Bangkok, she covers disaster and crisis response, innovation, women’s rights, and development trends throughout Asia. Prior to her current post, she covered leadership, careers, and the USAID implementer community from Washington, D.C. Previously, she reported on social and environmental issues from Nairobi, Kenya. Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and has since reported from more than 20 countries.