I am Margareth Mollel, a student at Ryan Institute in the National University of Ireland, Galway, pursuing a Master’s program in Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security. The course is crucial for broadening my knowledge about the implications of climate change on agriculture and food production. To transform the community response to climate change impacts while practicing sustainable farming to ensure food security and sustainable development goals.
Before starting my studies, I worked as a Communications expert for an organization in Tanzania, East Africa. The Organization focuses on natural resource governance for sustainable rural livelihood and better conservation outcomes. I worked in the communication department, ensuring smooth coordination of different programs and maintaining good communications with stakeholders. I used social platforms, websites, and print media to share information with a diverse audience. In collaboration with the project team, I interacted directly with local communities to strengthen their capacities in natural resource management involving land and forestry management, farming, and climate change resilience. These interactions built the interest to carry out more studies on the current challenges that climate change poses to local communities and the world.
The program will then improve my understanding, expose me to techniques to reach more local communities, especially smallholder farmers and pastoralists, and build their capacity for adaptation and mitigation to address climate change impacts.