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Increasing Resilience to Climate Change in Liberia - UNTS/LIR/018/GEF










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    Resilience Building in Liberia
    FAO Programme Review 2024
    2024
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    The FAO Regional Office for Africa (RAF) collaborates with several African countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, including Liberia, to enhance resilience building efforts. FAO is implementing programs in Liberia to enhance resilience, aligning with government priorities and key policies. The Resilience Building Programme focuses on policy interventions covering food security, nutrition, land, livestock, fisheries, and environment. FAO promotes sustainable food systems, supports value chain development, enhances agricultural governance, and strengthens capacities of relevant institutions. The organization also supports responsible agrifood systems, facilitates investments in various agriculture value chains, and collaborates with the government to improve infrastructure and create an enabling environment for investments. Cross-cutting areas include gender equality, youth empowerment, climate change mitigation, and environmental protection. FAO's initiatives in Liberia aim to strengthen preventive, anticipatory, absorptive, adaptive, and transformational capacities to empower local communities and foster sustainable development. This document reflects an analysis of ongoing FAO Liberia resilience building interventions and how they contribute towards the five capacities for resilience building, namely: Preventive: reduce existing and future risks; Anticipative: act early; Absorptive: the ability to bounce back, overwhelmingly humanitarian (emergency response); Adaptive: incremental adjustments; Transformative: make fundamental changes to the system. The five capacity areas are in most cases overlapping during specific project implementation, with the classification based on the overarching resilience capacity area.
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    Enhancing the Production Capacity of Smallholder Rice Farmers in Liberia - GCP/LIR/029/JPN 2021
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    Rice is Liberia’s staple food, but over 90 percent of the country’s rice needs is imported at the cost of about USD 80 million a year. Liberia’s population growth has given rise to an increase in the demand for rice. This increase, coupled with low productivity, has led to a deficit in national rice production, as demonstrated by the huge variance between imported rice and local production. In addition, the rice development sector of the country faces multiple threats that challenge the economic and food security of the population. Farmers are constantly experiencing erratic rainfall patterns and unprecedented sweeping winds and floods, resulting in crop failures. Against this background, production patterns in the country are semi rudimentary , and the lack of equipment for agricultural work is one of the main problems faced by rice growers. The project aimed to enhance smallholder rice farmers’ capacity to increase their productivity, through the introduction of modern rice varieties and production techniques, as well as agricultural equipment, in two of the country’s three ‘breadbasket’ counties, Bong and Lofa.
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    Resilience Building in Zimbabwe
    FAO Programme Review 2024
    2024
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    FAO Zimbabwe is implementing diverse initiatives across the agriculture sector as a contribution to FAO’s Resilience Strategy Southern Africa. The initiatives include taking a proactive approach to support timely information use in the agricultural and food security sector. This not only enables better hazard detection but also enhances the sector's overall resilience in responding to emerging challenges. The programme includes interventions that establish robust frameworks for anticipatory action coordination as well as early warning surveillance systems. This multi-actor, multi-sectoral approach reduces hazard impact on humanitarian sectors, showcasing the importance of collaborative efforts in resilience-building. In anticipation of the predicted El Niño-induced Drought FAO has played a leading role in advocating for anticipatory action and integrated sectoral interventions of food security, WASH (Water, Sanitation and Health) and nutrition increasing resilience by protecting smallholder farmers' livelihoods, it stands as a testament to international cooperation in addressing climate-related challenges. FAO is also coordinating efforts contributing towards sustainable food systems while emphasizing sustainability and inclusivity as it aligns with Zimbabwe's commitment to building resilient and robust food systems. By enhancing ecosystem resilience, it addresses livelihoods by providing sustainable solutions to agriculture, forestry, and fisheries. Initiatives focus on resilient recovery through livelihood opportunities and the implementation of Climate Smart Agriculture. FAO in Zimbabwe is promoting community participation, gender mainstreaming, and ensuring compliance with international standards. In partnership with other United Nations agencies, FAO in Zimbabwe is contributing towards enhanced resilience for vulnerable households by implementing interventions that address economic and climate-induced shocks and stresses. Improving seed and fertilizer availability to supporting policy reforms in order to address fundamental aspects of food production, ensuring a resilient and sustainable agricultural landscape has been one of the focus areas of the collaboration between FAO and the government of Zimbabwe.In Zimbabwe, partner funding to FAO's resilience building initiatives has been instrumental in strengthening the various resilience dimensions, including preventive, anticipatory, absorptive, adaptive, and transformational capacities. By focusing on different aspects of resilience, FAO seeks to empower local communities, improve food security, and foster sustainable development in the face of complex challenges due to climate change and economic crisis. This document explores FAO's contributions to enhancing resilience capacities in Zimbabwe, shedding light on the organization's multifaceted approach and its impact on vulnerable populations.

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