by Sathis Sri Thanarajoo. Reblogged from CCAFS: CGIAR News blog.
The Pest Smart program aims to enable farmers, particularly women and marginalized groups, to become resilient against potential pests and diseases outbreaks due to climate change.
The Pest Smart program promotes the adoption of climate-smart practices that manage pests and diseases, and empowers women to be actively involved in the decision-making process. It also serves as a platform to build the capacity and encourage participation of women farmers in dealing with pests and diseases (P&D).
In 2016, farmers from Ekxang, a Climate-Smart Village (CSV) in Vientiane Province, Laos, were surveyed to monitor their concerns on climate change and review the current threats that are affecting their yields. In 2017, the farmers attended a training about the role of plant clinics in building local resilience against P&D.
Participation of women in Ekxang’s plant clinic
Since its inception in 2016, the Pest Smart initiative in Ekxang is gaining a large attendance and interest among women farmers. The initiative has boosted the confidence of those farmers and increased their capacity to mitigate upcoming pest outbreaks.