Resilientes is a project that seeks to reinforce the capabilities of small agricultural producers in vulnerable regions to face the climate crisis. The project is based on collaborative processes and involves experts from state institutions in Argentina and Colombia, who have been working together for two years with about 200 families to redesign their production systems, reduce their vulnerabilities, and strengthen their adaptation strategies based on the threats of the climate crisis. The project is coordinated by the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) and has financing from the European Union.
Resilientes is being developed in three regions in Argentina, namely La Plata, Córdoba and Río Negro and Neuquén in Patagonia, and in the Caquetá region of Colombia. The project focuses on diagnosing the impact of climate change on agricultural production and designing solutions that range from new infrastructure to diversifying production methods to be more environmentally friendly.
Resilitientes is based on a process of dialogue with participating families, with technical teams developing a diagnosis specific to each territory and an action plan to improve the capacity of each socio-productive system with measures that range from "hard" solutions such as infrastructure and technology to "soft" solutions related to social organization and access to up-to-date information. The project's coordinators explain that each region has specific characteristics, such as the droughts in Patagonia and Traslasierra (Córdoba) and excess water in La Plata.
The project's overall goal is to improve the resilience of small-scale agricultural production in vulnerable regions and to reduce the environmental pressure generated by these production systems. Ultimately, Resilientes seeks to identify strategies that are replicable in other regions, given the increasing need for sustainable agricultural practices to adapt to the impacts of the climate crisis. With a focus on promoting sustainable practices, reducing waste, and increasing access to renewable energy sources the members of Resilientes that form part of the global society contribute to the achievement of several SDGs, including affordable and clean energy (SDG 7), sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11), responsible consumption and production (SDG 12), and climate action (SDG 13) and make it a valuable step towards achieving a more sustainable future for all.