The “chiva” bus is something of a national symbol for Colombia, and was in the past the main way that Colombian farmers transported their goods to market.
Today, agricultural stakeholders from Colombia are traveling “chiva-style” through Senegal to learn how its farmers and institutions have dealt with a difficult and highly variable climate. Ten agricultural stakeholders from Colombia, including representatives from the rice and cereals sector (FEDEARROZ and FENALCE), the national meteorological institute (IDEAM), and the National University of Colombia, plus a dignatory from the Ministry of Agriculture for Honduras are being joined by Senegalese officials from the National Meteorological Institute (ANACIM) and the Department of Agricultural Extension for the week-long experience.
The exchange is part of an initiative led by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) in the framework of a convention called 'Climate and the Colombian agricultural sector: Adaptation for productive sustainability,' an alliance between the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Colombia to facilitate the adaptation of agricultural systems to climate change.
View photostory of the Colombia/Senegal south-south exchange experience (click on a photo to view the description):
For more photos from the exchange visit, see the CCAFS Flickr Page
To read more see Andy Jarvis's blog "Generating a climate conscience through south-south learning".
All photos courtesy of A. Jarvis (CIAT)