The Green Voices project is back in three countries: Tanzania, Kenya, and Ghana

Extreme weather events, exacerbated by climate change, place a disproportionate burden on women in many parts of the world. In vulnerable and low-income communities, it is often women who face additional challenges during and after extreme weather events. This is due to a combination of factors, including traditional gender roles, unequal access to resources, and limited decision-making power. Women are often responsible for family and community care, which exposes them to greater risks during natural disasters. In addition, lack of access to economic and educational resources hinders their ability to adapt and recover from climate impacts, underscoring the urgent need to address gender disparities in climate change response and mitigation.

The aim of this project is to increase the climate change resilience of rural women in different regions of Tanzania, Kenya, and Ghana. This will be done by strengthening ecosystem resilience and diversifying livelihoods through integrated approaches to climate change and adaptation methods.

One of the innovations we are implementing this year is the One Health method. This is an interdisciplinary approach that recognizes the interconnection between human, animal, and environmental health. This concept recognizes that the health of humans is intrinsically linked to the health of animals and the environment in which they coexist. We are responsible for maintaining this delicate relationship through the elements of food security, sustainable agriculture, and recognition of climate change.  Food security is defined by the concept of having enough food for ourselves and, at the same time, caring for the environment to ensure the sustainability of our food supply.

Green Voices adopts this approach through a training of trainers for the women of the community to apply the knowledge acquired in the training sessions of the women leaders of the community. Some of the actions to be carried out include the use of moringa seeds to purify water, as only 12 seeds can purify up to 12 liters of water. This is an economical and sustainable solution, especially in communities where access to conventional water treatment systems may be limited. The beneficiaries also receive training on basic but relevant concepts such as indigenous cereal and crop species, techniques to improve irrigation, as well as the use of human and animal manure and urine as fertilizer.

To support women’s entrepreneurship in the region, the project includes training in processing, packaging, labeling, and marketing of the goods they produce, such as honey, cassava and potato flour, dried vegetables and fruits, etc.

Green Voices is being implemented this year in Tanzania thanks to Environment Media Agenda – EMA, in Ghana thanks to RAAM Foundation and in Kenya thanks to Health by Motorbike Inc.

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