Environment and Livelihood
Recent indications show that food production will have to be increased by 50–60% by 2050, when the world’s population is expected to reach 9 billion.
We recognize that climate change will continue to mean more frequent and extreme weather events. We support in identifying ways to manage risks and mitigate the impacts of climate shocks. We employ appropriate community-centered approaches, featuring strong learning elements, can help promote out-scaling of models for bringing about the needed transformation on a scale that has larger and more lasting impact.
Specific interventions in Asia and Africa include:
Bio-intensive Gardening to save the environment and improve nutrition
IIRR first introduced Bio Intensive Gardening (BIG) to the Sisters of Mary School, Inc., Girls’ town near the IIRR global headquarters at the Yen Center in Silang, Cavite, Philippines.
By growing food organically and integrating agroforestry practices in farming, students learn environmental protection and climate change adaptation measures. These environmentally-friendly measures also ensure the project’s success and sustainability.
To date IIRR has adopted the BIG approach and have incorporated this into Asia and Africa country programs to support communities to integrate BIG in various community interventions.