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This initiative aims to improving institutional capacity for resilience and responding to disasters and crises at regional, national and community level. In addition, it strengthens and improves early warning and information management.

It builds on current expertise and programmes and provide opportunities for innovation, exchange of knowledge, and inclusiveness (Gender, Youth, etc.), ensuring sustainability of humanitarian and development intervention.

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.

Priority actions

  • 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.