Julio, María, and Carolina Trujillo picking cacao on their farm in Meta, Colombia. Photo Credit: Lorena Velasco for Rare.

Lands for Life

The Challenge

In one way or another, we all depend on family farmers—the traditional communities, Indigenous peoples, pastoralists, and fishers, among others, who feed the world, tend our natural resources, create jobs, and shape our food systems. But faced with climate change and other challenges, family farmers, their lands, and their ecosystems suffer.

As the world around them changes, farmers continue to rely on entrenched farming and ranching practices and resort to quick, short-term solutions, like overusing chemical fertilizers, that degrade soils and water, expand the agricultural frontier, and generate high carbon emissions. These practices undermine ecological integrity and agricultural productivity and damage farmers’ livelihoods and their communities’ long-term prosperity. This traditional extractive management approach is not sustainable.

Colombia’s agriculture, forestry, and other land use (AFOLU) sector generates 62% of its greenhouse gas emissions. For Colombia to deliver on its national climate change goals, the country needs to do something differently.

The Solution

What is regenerative farming?  Monica Varela, Vice President of Lands for Life, explains the topic in 45 seconds.

The people and practices of regenerative farming. Learn more about the people and practices behind this growing climate solution.

Helping Colombia’s smallholder farmers shift to regenerative farming holds tremendous promise for tackling behavioral challenges like climate change.

Rare, with support from UK Pact, and together with government, NGO and university partners, is accelerating smallholder farmers’ transition to low-carbon, regenerative farming practices. Rare partners with smallholder farming communities, builds peer-to-peer networks, and uses the science of human behavior and social marketing to empower these communities to protect and manage their resources regeneratively and collectively.

Rare’s unique people-centered approach is helping to improve the livelihoods of thousands of smallholder farming families and protecting and preserving Colombia’s incredible natural resources.

Rare is implementing Lands for Life across ten municipalities in Colombia’s Meta department. To learn more about  this initiative, please visit Lands for Life’s site

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