Raspberries and adapting to climate change
For example: Christian Aid has 10 partner organizations in Tajikstan. With the collapse of the Soviet Union 20 years ago and a 5 year civil war this country has faced increasing poverty. This is as a result of a deteriorating infrastructure, decline in state-supported services and high unemployment. Food production is threatened due to climate change with more unpredictable weather and rising temperatures. Of a population of 7 million about 2 million have left to find work in Russia and other places.
One of Christian aid's partners in Tajikstan is YEC (Youth Eco Centre). Among other activities this organisation works with women’s cooperatives to help them increase their productivity, adapt to climate change and ensure they can support themselves. As a result of YEC's support Hodzhibi, a member of her local women's co-operative, has created a raspberry-growing business by which she can make a good living.