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Resilient livelihoods of vulnerable smallholder farmers in the Mayan landscapes and the dry corridor of Guatemala – RELIVE Guatemala

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    This terminal evaluation covers the project "Mainstreaming ecosystem-based approaches to climate-resilient rural livelihoods in vulnerable rural areas through the farmer field school (FFS) methodology", funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The overall performance of the project is moderately satisfactory. The project is relevant in its response to climate change adaptation needs in Senegal. It is coherent in its design and is in phase with the Plan Senegal Emergent (PSE). The evaluation found that the project has contributed to capacity building of institutional actors and farmers organizations on climate change adaptation, resilience and gender equity. Notable results include: capacity building of technicians, relay producers, farmers and agro-pastoralists on good practices of adaptation to climate change, through the field-school approach; the establishment of a climate resilience fund that has allowed to finance micro-projects in rural area; the dissemination of agro-climatic information; trainings on adapted climate change practices at the farmfer field school (FFS) and agropastoral field school (APFS) level.
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    The idea that resilience plays a role in mitigating the effects of disaster and climate change is becoming widespread across the development community. As a result, efforts have been made to translate the concept of resilience into actionable metrics to better understand it. In this paper, we use panel micro-data from coffee farmers in Guatemala severely affected by a widespread attack of Hemileia Vastatrix (leaf rust). This covariate shock provides a unique opportunity to a) check if greater resilience capacity is associated with better reaction to exogenous shock; and b) explore the key drivers of response mechanisms. Ultimately, this paper looks at how resilience enhancing and agroecological interventions must be combined to reduce the negative effects of leaf rust. Findings show a negative impact of the shock on households' well-being; the strategic role of resilience in mitigating those negative effects; and provide evidence on how an approach that enhances both absorptive and adaptive capacity, can be beneficial for coffee producers.
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    Democratic Republic of the Congo | Strengthening the resilience of smallholder farmers and vulnerable populations 2020
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    Despite its vast natural resources, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is still experiencing the second largest food crisis in the world after Yemen. According to results of the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification analysis, 15.6 million people are facing severe acute food insecurity. In addition, some 5.8 million people required nutrition assistance in 2019, including 800 000 pregnant and lactating women, and 5 million children suffering from acute malnutrition. The protracted conflict in the country, particularly in the eastern and Kasai provinces, is triggering large-scale population displacements, disrupting agricultural activities and hampering access to markets, schools and healthcare services. In North and South Kivu, insecurity, population displacement and the effects of recurring climate shocks have devastated the socio-economic fabric, where young people remain vulnerable to recruitment by armed groups due to the lack of job opportunities and low levels of education. Thanks to funding from Germany, FAO, UNICEF and WFP will implement an integrated resilience programme building on the comparative advantages of each of the three agencies to provide targeted beneficiaries with multisectoral assistance. The objective is to strengthen the resilience of smallholder farmers and vulnerable populations in food-insecure areas, and improve their livelihoods and access to basic social services through a variety of complementary activities.

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