The Potential for Scale and Sustainability in Weather Index Insurance for Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods
This document reports on an adaptive approach to designing and implementing participatory mapping initiatives within IFAD-supported projects. The adaptiveapproach was developed under the project Development of Decision Tools for Participatory Mapping in Specific Livelihoods Systems (Pastoralists, Indigenous Peoples, Forest Dwellers).
Land is one the most fundamental resources to women's living conditions, economic empowerment and, to some extent, their struggle for equity and equality. However, due to economic, legal, social and cultural factors their rights to access, control and transfer land are weaker compared to those of men.
The West and Central Africa region has a wealth of renewable water resources, but relatively few are being used, with countries in the region only withdrawing between 1 and 14 per cent of available resources and only around 3.5 per cent of cultivated land under some form of water management. This paradox offers a great opportunity.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) are working together to increase the access of low-income farmers to weather index-based insurance and other risk-management tools through the IFAD-WFP Weather Risk Management Facility (WRMF).
The following 20 good practices were distilled from a recent Real Time Evaluation of EARLI, a cash for work program implemented by Catholic Relief Services in Niger. EARLI is a USAID/OFDA-funded food security and land recuperation project in which vulnerable households in Tillabéry and Ouallam are paid to dig half-moons that reduce erosion, regenerate natural vegetation and recuperate degraded land. The project is a response to the complex emergency in the Sahel that was triggered by shortages in the 2011 harvest, but caused by a much longer-term cycle of perpetual crises and shocks.
The Africa Adaptation Programme’s knowledge management component proudly launched in Maputo, Mozambique, its Knowledge Management Needs Survey Report. The report was launched on May 8th, during the Regional Workshop on the Capitalization of Experience on Climate Change Adaptation.
The report is a broad, research-driven assessment of what the knowledge needs are of AAP countries. It has been produced in order to help these countries capture, share and capitalize on the wealth of climate- and development-related knowledge available.