On May 9th, the Climate Change Caravan, organized by the USAID Adaptation to Climate Change in Agriculture (ACCA) project, started on its journey across Macedonia. Beginning with the event in v. Novo Selo within Strumica region, the Caravan will make six stops in rural areas of the country, during May and beginning of June. The Caravan was designed to reach rural communities and educate small farmers and other citizens about the anticipated effects of climate change, share strategies for adapting to these effects, and emphasize the importance of proactive responses to them at the grassroots level.

“Through this Caravan, we want to reach people in communities like yours, who are more heavily reliant on agriculture-related activities,” said Joseph Lessard, USAID Economic Growth Office Director. “Places like Novo Selo, and the other villages we will visit in the coming weeks, are the places that are being most affected by the changing climate.”

The event in Novo Selo gathered a large number of residents in Strumica region. Children from “Kliment Ohridski” school, among which there were children with disabilities, attracted attention with their interesting performance, sending alerting messages about the urgency of undertaking actions for adaptation to climate change. The attendants had the opportunity for an interactive discussion with project experts about specific problems they are facing with during daily agricultural activities. They got some useful advices and recommendation from project experts.

In May and June the Caravan will also visit the villages of Negorci, Timjanik, Pcinja, Bogdanci andRosoman.