A New Set of Pocket Guides Aimed at “Preparing Smallholder Farm Families to Adapt to Climate Change”

Posted: May 2, 2016

A new set of pocket guides aimed at “Preparing Smallholder Farm Families to Adapt to Climate Change” does a very good job of providing sound, science-based information and innovative approaches to transferring knowledge.

  Funded by USAID and developed by Catholic Relief Services and the Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services (MEAS) project, these guides were written with smallholder farmers in developing countries in mind.  The information, however, is very relevant to farmers anywhere in the world, including here in the U.S.  The first guide, for example, provides an excellent overview of climate change and its impact on agriculture – now and into the future. 
  Dr. Brent Simpson, formerly at Michigan State University and most recently a Senior Agricultural Officer at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, authored the guide entitled, “Extension Practice
 for Agricultural Adaptation:”
Other guides include “Managing Water Resources” (;
 “Managing Crops” (due out later this spring), followed soon after by “Managing Soils.”  A fifth guide,
“Managing Livestock,” is currently on hold, pending further funding.