CSA-Vegetables.jpg Vegetables are grown all over the world, in varying degrees of suitability depending on the global climate. As a result of global agricultural trade, it is now possible to buy vegetables grown hundreds of kilometres away, ranging from subsistence farmers supplying their family's food needs to agribusinesses with large acreages of single-product crops. Grading, storing, processing, and marketing are common steps after harvesting a crop. Raw vegetables are an important part of human nutrition because they are high in vitamins, minerals, and dietary fibre while being low in fat and carbohydrates. Many nutritionists advise people to eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day. However, these crops are sensitive to the impact of climate change, such as drought, heatwaves, hail, pest and diseases, etc., and using climate-smart technology can reduce the impact when cultivating them. This concept does not provide a prescriptive plan of action. There is no universal formula that can be applied to every situation. Mulching, intercropping, conservation agriculture, crop rotation, integrated crop-livestock management, agroforestry, improved grazing, and improved water management will all play a role in the transition to climate-smart vegetable production systems, as will innovative practices such as better weather forecasting, more resilient food crops, and risk insurance. These mechanisms will need to accommodate local, regional, and global conditions, and they may vary greatly from farmer to farmer. As a result, this manual will provide solutions that can be tailored to various crop systems. It approaches the subject from a technical standpoint, such as research outputs. Definitions for technical terms are provided in some cases.

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