Initiatives

N4J works with partners to identify initiatives that reflect its mission
to help vulnerable populations adapt to the climate crisis.

Assisting African American Farmers Adapt to Climate Change

African American farmers have been subjected to centuries of prejudice and systemic racism, resulting in economic disadvantages which are being exacerbated by the growing climate crisis.

The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust awarded, in January 2021,  a $250,000 grant to Nature For Justice for Phase 1 of this long-term effort. An additional $250,000 has been pledged by anonymous donors.

In the first year we envision a 12-month process for developing and executing the initial phase of our work to support existing African American farmer networks in North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida as they build capacity to manage impacts from climate change, as well as other challenges to more resilient farms and communities.

Ecuador: Sustainable Management of the Andean-Amazonian Cloud Forest

N4J is supporting Fundación Los Aliados (Aliados) in Ecuador to work with marginalized communities being affected by the climate crisis in a critically important region of the Andean-Amazon slope in Ecuador, where up to 20% of eastern tropical cloud forests have been lost in the past two decades.

N4J will support and train community-based agriculture extension personnel to promote improved farmer income via crop diversification and also to implement a monitoring and evaluation system that includes reduced threats to protected areas and restoration of degraded forests.

Ghana: Climate-Smart Agriculture Around National Parks

N4J will support Nature Conservation Research Center (NCRC) in Ghana to develop a local landscape-level, climate-smart cocoa agricultural support system in areas around three national park.

This initiative will contribute to Ghana’s national climate change goals and support cocoa/chocolate company commitments to source cocoa from deforestation-free supply chains.

N4J’s support will include both technical expertise on smart agriculture but also resources for implementation, monitoring, and adaptation.