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Southern Africa Resilience Strategy 2018–2021










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    East Africa Resilience Strategy 2018-2022. Programme of work 2018-2019 2018
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    This Strategy informs on FAO's efforts to increase the resilience of agricultural livelihoods to contribute to enhanced food security and nutrition in East Africa through multisectoral, multi-hazard and multistakeholder consultations and joint interventions. An inclusive consultative process with vulnerable communities and key stakeholders on resilience policies and approaches will be the foundation of local ownership and will ensure the success of resilience interventions in the region.
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    2018/19 El Niño Response Plan for Southern Africa | Short version
    Increasing the resilience of agriculture-based livelihoods to enhance food security and nutrition
    2019
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    Farmers and agropastoralists across Southern Africa are facing El Niño conditions for the second time in three years. This is occurring in a region where the most vulnerable are still grappling with the impacts of a strong drought episode in 2015/16, which had already weakened their capacity to produce food. Since then, the knock-on effects of climatic shocks and associated poor harvests, coupled with unfavourable economic conditions such as food price volatility, are expected to leave over 10.5 million people in Crisis and Emergency (IPC Phase 3 and 4) levels of food insecurity in early 2019. Important lessons were learned from the 2015/16 El Niño, in particular the need to act early on possible early warning signs. FAO has been closely monitoring the El Niño conditions and related weather patterns in Southern Africa, and is gearing up to act early to mitigate some of the effects on vulnerable people and their livelihoods. There is a critical window of opportunity for mitigation in the region, with early actions that ensure enhanced surveillance and control of plant and animal pests and diseases, access to appropriate inputs and use of innovative approaches to increase farmer awareness of climate-smart agricultural practices. Under the framework of the 2018/19 El Niño Response Plan for Southern Africa, FAO will employ an important lesson learned from the previous El Niño episode: linking early action to medium- and long-term interventions, in order to increase the resilience of agriculture-based livelihoods to future climatic shocks and stressors.
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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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