The project, known as “Upscaling climate resilience measures in the dry corridor agroecosystems of El Salvador (RECLIMA),” aims to counter the decrease in the country’s yields of major crops due to recurrent droughts and high temperatures that advance with climate change.
Reports from specialized organizations such as FAO show that El Salvador maintains a clear dependence on food imports such as cereals, fruits, vegetables, and others to meet domestic demands, forced to establish short- and mid-term strategies to address a problem coming on rapidly.
El Salvador is part of the Central American Dry Corridor and one of the most vulnerable countries with effects on agriculture and wetlands, among other environments, impacted by climate change that causes greater desertification, salinity, and water stress, weakening the living conditions of the population.
In this scenario, the FAO team, led by Diego Recalde, an Ecuadorian with a long service record in this international organization, is moving forward with the RECLIMA project in collaboration with local authorities and organizations.
The project, which is completing its second year of implementation, aims to increase the resilience of rural families to face climate change in 114 municipalities in El Salvador (43.5 percent of the country) through the implementation of sustainable agricultural practices and the restoration of ecosystems for the provision of environmental services.