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Strengthening resilience of vulnerable herders in the Sahel

Strengthening resilience of vulnerable herders in the Sahel

Full title of the project:

Strengthening resilience of vulnerable herders in the Sahel

Target areas:

Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, the Niger and Senegal

USD 2 261 635
Project code:

To contribute to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable populations in the Sahel.

Key partners:

The FAO Regional Resilience, Emergency and Rehabilitation Office for West Africa/Sahel (REOWA), Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs), local associations and central and decentralized structures of the Ministry of Animal Resources and of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment in Burkina Faso.

Beneficiaries reached:

5 402 people directly benefited from the trainings held at country and regional levels, and 1 416 households benefited from the input distribution in the Niger.

Activities implemented:
  • Carried out assessments on good practices for the sustainable management of pastoral resources.
  • Organized a regional training workshop on the prevention and management of crises, and a capitalization workshop on successful initiatives for the sustainable management of pastoral resources, benefiting 50 people.
  • Organized national consultation workshops on pastoral risk management strategies for government and partners in each country, benefiting 228 people.
  • Carried out and scaled up community trainings on early warning systems and sustainable management of pastoral resources, benefiting 175 community trainers and 4 949 pastoral and agropastoral community members.
  • Established a platform for mainstreaming disaster risk reduction and resilience in agriculture, allowing for countries to access technical and financial resources to fully integrate risk reduction principles and practices in agriculture.
  • Developed and disseminated a document summarizing best practices and successful initiatives on the sustainable management of pastoral resources.
  • Carried out a pastoral viability threshold analysis.
  • Conducted participatory evaluations at country level on: (i) the availability of information on pastoral early warning systems; and (ii) the necessity, appropriateness and feasibility of the dissemination of such information to pastoral communities.
  • Carried out an evaluation on the contribution of pastoral systems to food security in northern Mali.
  • Provided 170 tonnes of animal feed to 1 416 beneficiary households in the Niger.
  • Developed new skills and attitudes among communities in the Sahel to improve the management of pastoral resources already stretched and exposed to climate hazards.
  • Reinforced the capacities of stakeholders on the process of capitalization and identified nine good practices that will be disseminated.
  • Shared strategies for disaster risk management implemented by the various actors with technical and institutional partners.
  • Contributed to improve the physical condition of animals and in turn the food security and livelihoods of households thanks to animal feed distributions in the Niger.
  • The pastoral viability threshold analysis laid the basis for in-depth analysis, and allowed for the identification of local challenges and better understanding of the specific issue of flock management.
  • Enabled partners and stakeholders to take ownership of disaster risk reduction and assessment tools.