Increasing the resilience of pastoralist communities affected by drought in southern Angola

Jun 2015

Collaboration and cooperation are central to the success of the work of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), which, among other goals, aims to improve the resilience and quality of life for rural populations. This video shows some of the activities that FAO is implementing in the drought-stricken areas of southern Angola, where the Government of Angola, the United States Agency for International Development and FAO have come together to support pastoralist communities that face the negative effects of climate change.

The video depicts the three main strategies FAO and its partners implement to increase communities’ resilience in the provinces of Cunene, Huila and Namibe: improved water management, including water infrastructure rehabilitation to increase access to water for human and animal consumption; improved herd management to promote animal health and enhance access to veterinary services; and improved pasture management to increase the availability of fodder in critical periods and reduce soil and land degradation.

These activities are facilitated through agropastoral field schools, which allow communities to fully participate in the identification of the climate change and food security challenges they face, and the design of appropriate responses.