Increased adaptive capacity
With funding from the U.S. Agency for International Devleopment’s (USAID) Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, L4R directly targeted 7,277 vulnerable households in Malawi’s Dowa and Ntchisi Districts, reaching 40.250 people in total, who were highly exposed to disaster risks. Interventions included building and maintaining livestock assets (goats and chickens), providing group trainings, enhancing livestock
production techniques, scaling up para-vet services, and increasing financial literacy.
L4R extended private sector animal health and extension services through local, well-trained para-vets.
Savings groups provided important social structures that helped households mitigate risk, plan for expenditures,
and make farm investments. By helping vulnerable communities diversify their livelihoods and maintain
assets, L4R strengthened the resiliency against external shocks.
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