GLM Finland’s pop-up restaurant serves seasonal lunch in Turku on the Restaurant Day

GLM Finland will serve lunch on the Restaurant Day on Sunday August 16th in Turku. The food will be made from locally picked and produced food to support our partners far away!

– Nettle pancakes with mushroom, bean or zucchini filling
– Wild-herb-green salad
– Blueberry, sea buckthorn berry or apple pie and Aunt Päivi’s cookies with coffee or tea

Also for vegans!

Price is €8.

We will open at 12.00 and serve until 16.00, if food won’t run out before!

A fleamarket will also be organised at the idyllic courtyard during the Restaurant hours – come and find clothes, CDs, LPs and toys!

GLM Finland, Restaurand Day, Development CooperationAll of the profits will be used in GLM’s projects in the rural Zambia and Swaziland.

Siaynemukela / Welcome!

Climate resilience project supports adaptation in local communities

‘Community Strategies for Climate-Resilient Livelihoods’ project, funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, started at the beginning of this year by educating small-scale farmers on what climate change is. Participating communities have been discussing the causes, impacts and mitigation strategies. Adaptation plans will be drafted for each of the four partner communities, taking into account the local livelihoods and environmental challenges.

Key adaptation strategies in the rural areas are sustainable agricultural practices. The commonly used slash-and-burn method rapidly destroys nutrients in the soil, which raises the pressure to burn new areas for fields, further accelerating deforestation and erosion. GLM organises training on agroforestry, crop rotation and composting for the farmers. Organic farming eliminates fertiliser costs, while taking care of the soil.

In agroforestry, nitrogen-fixing trees are planted in the fields. The trees also provide ingredients for natural pesticides, leaves for medical use, timber and fruit, while giving shelter from wind, thus decreasing erosion. Many farmers have cattle, chicken and goats whose droppings can be composted to produce organic fertiliser. Shifting to organic farming takes time and requires a lot of work, but according GLM’s experiences, harvests will increase and working hours reduce after three years.

Furthermore, the community members receive training to improve their capacity to work as entrepreneurs and advocates within their own community, but also to impact decision-makers. This enhances the self-sufficiency of the farmers when the project comes to an end. The project also involves chicken and goat production and establishment of nurseries to provide additional livelihood sources. In addition, farmers will visit other GLM´s partner villages to share experiences and approaches, as learning from fellow farmers has proven to be an effective means to change one’s way of thinking.

The overall objective of the project is to create stronger rural villages which have the required knowledge and skills to survive in the changing climate.