Building Resilience in Africa’s Drylands
Populations in Africa are increasingly exposed to natural hazards (drought, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and disease epidemics), to human-made crises (socio-economic shocks, and conflicts) and to protracted crises (complex, prolonged emergencies that combine two or more aspects of the above-mentioned crises). These are threats not only to the livelihoods of vulnerable populations, but also to the achievement of the aspirations of the Malabo Declaration and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Agricultural growth and comprehensive food and nutrition security cannot be attained without increasing the resilience of vulnerable livelihoods to disasters and crises. In this context, the Regional Initiative on Building Resilience in Africa’s Drylands has the overall aim to strengthen the resilience of livelihoods to shocks, threats and crises in Africa’s drylands, while responding to crises when they occur.
- Support countries and regional institutions to strengthen the resilience of livelihoods with a focus on vulnerability reduction and prevention around 4 main areas including resilience policy and strategy development and implementation; vulnerability analysis and resilience measurement; vulnerability reduction at community and household level; and preparedness, coordination and response to crises.
- Improve countries’ capacities to prepare for, coordinate and manage effective responses to disasters and crises affecting the livelihoods, food security and nutrition of vulnerable populations.
- Facilitate exchange of resilience good practices and promote knowledge sharing across countries in the region within the framework of the FAO South South Cooperation.