A population, community or household may become economically vulnerable due to a number of reasons, leaving them struggling to climb out of poverty in risk-prone environments. Weather-related shocks (i.e. droughts or floods) or conflict, lack of access to productive assets or market opportunities, or the impacts of poor health and nutrition can all be negative contributing factors.
We help communities build resilience to adversity, such as weather-related events, conflict, illness or loss of income. For our crops programs, we often help households adapt to seasonal and climactic changes through diversification of crops. For our livestock programs, we strengthen farmers’ access to services that enable them to protect their assets. Across programs, we facilitate better access to financial services and markets, so that participants can protect their livelihoods during a disaster.