Community Strategies for Climate-Resilient Livelihoods (2014-2016, with extension 2017-2019)

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The project builds community resilience to the impacts of global warming through increased awareness and enhanced adaptive capacity. It is implemented in partnership with GLM Finland in the villages of Kafubu, Shimbizhi, Chiyumo and Chisuwo, with funding from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. The project improves food security and diversification of income generation through climate-smart practices (e.g. agroforestry, organic gardening and small livestock). The project supports a community-driven response to climate change and strengthens the advocacy skills of community members.

Objectives:

  • Increased awareness of the causes and effects of climate change and adaptation strategies
  • Enhanced knowledge and adoption of best practices relating to land and other natural resources management
  • More diverse climate-smart responses and technologies identified and introduced for improved household food and income security
  • Improved governance in project committees and farmer clubs as well as enhanced local management and ownership of the project
  • Synergies and partnerships with relevant stakeholders developed to promote climate-smart strategies in the project areas
  • Empowerment of marginalised groups (especially women and youth)

Key activities:

  • Raising awareness of climate change through community events, radio shows and theatre
  • Training on best practices relating to¬†sustainable land use, agroforestry, conservation farming as well as livelihood diversification through small livestock and gardening
  • Community capacity building through training on good leadership, entrepreneurship, project management and advocacy
  • Community-level, internal and external monitoring and evaluation to guide implementation and track progress towards¬†desired outcomes