The Future of Climate Edge
Last Friday Paul and I flew back from sunny Nicaragua and returned to a slightly more grey, but very lively, London. When we started work again on Monday the focus of Climate Edge’s work had also changed. Our experience in Nicaragua working with farmers, co-operatives (Soppexcca, COOMPROCOM) , national organisations (CLAC) and Fairtrade has enabled us to refine the vision of the future of Climate Edge. Now that we are back in London our challenge is to figure out how exactly we are to get to this future.
The Next 5 Years
Our priority is that farmers know exactly what is happening in their farm at any given time, whenever they want. It is vital that they can quickly identify if their farm is suffering, understand why this is happening, and subsequently adapt to mitigate the impacts. Through this approach we promote a movement from predominantly long term management decisions towards a mix of preventative long term strategies and reactive short term interventions. We are achieving this through the development of multilateral infrastructure which allows information to flow wherever it is needed most.
We also believe that it is vital to try and test these long and short term management practices. It is outdated to employ an adaptation practice without previously ensuring that it will have a positive impact on the farm. Climate Edge is committed to working with all members of the agricultural network to ensure that the learning process is fluid from field to cafe to laboratory.
How do we get there?
As alluded to above, our first priority is ensuring that data and information is available to everybody within the agricultural network, with a particular focus on farmers. We will achieve this through the continued development of our data-collection tools, as discussed in previous blogs. Thus enabling farmers to make informed management decisions based on both extensive personal knowledge of their farm and from tailored environmental data analysis.
Our second priority, regarding the future of climate edge, is to continue our work with organisations at all levels of the agricultural network. So we can ensure that information can be distributed freely to everybody involved. This means working with local organisations to provide technical support to farmers; working with academic organisations to ensure that scientific literature is up to date; working with international organisations to increase access to our tools; and much more!
Now that we have a strong picture of what we want the future of agriculture to look like it is now up to us to gain traction and support to make this a reality.