Resilience is the ability to get ahead of and recover from environmental, economic and household shocks and to continue on the path to development. Too often, situations like malnutrition, natural disasters, drought and economic or political upheaval can set back already vulnerable families and erase development gains in increased crop yields, health or education. NCBA CLUSA pays particular attention to the resilience of local and regional food systems by improving local governance of food and water resources, empowering women, teaching new farm techniques, supporting diverse sources of income and linking rural businesses to markets via last mile agents. This holistic and systematic approach helps the most vulnerable individuals and communities plan for, recover from and overcome the negative effects of shocks and stressors in their lives.
Building long-term resiliency in rural communities includes promoting more sustainable agricultural practices that improve soil fertility, reduce erosion and achieve more efficient use of water. NCBA CLUSA has led the adoption of conservation agriculture to enhance food security and increase household income while mitigating the negative effects of climate change. As part of our program to build resilience in West Africa, NCBA CLUSA is training women’s groups in bio-reclamation of degraded lands (BDL) to both rehabilitate the soil and provide women access to land for nutritious and marketable products.
Equipping local institutions, producers and civil society groups to better adapt to the negative impacts of climate change requires strong governance structures that can proactively address community needs. NCBA CLUSA helps villages develop annual land and natural resource management plans that govern the use of water, land and other resources to reduce conflict, improve planning and protect local assets.