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DAPP in cooperation with WFP, is working with 2,700 small scale farmers in agricultural extension training to overcome effects ofclimate change and improve livelihood and income. The Rural Resilience Initiative uses the Farmers’ Clubs program to respond to climate change and other factors enhancing food insecurity. 

The yields of farmers in Pemba are low and the increasing frequency of climatic shocks is overwhelming beyond their coping capacities. Therefore, the Rural Resilience Initiative (R4), is a risk management intervention which aims to increase the resilience of small scale farmers to climatic shocks through a combination of four risk management strategies, namely: R1- Disaster Risk Reduction and Safety Nets, R2 - Risk Transfer (Insurance), R3- Prudent Risk Taking (Credit) and R4- Risk Reserves (Savings).The R4 harmonizes these four risk management strategies which aim to reduce household vulnerability and food insecurity caused and intensified by climate change and associated hazards.    

The project has developed systems that have enabled vulnerable and food insecure rural populations in the region overcome climate risks through community oriented risk management and focused market-based approaches. The agricultural production of these small scale farmers is dependent on rainfall. Therefore, R4 project will increase the resilience of small holder farmers to climatic shocks through a combination of four risk management strategies.

The initiative is part of the global Rural Resilience Initiative which was launched in 2012 and is presently working with over 22,000 rural farmers in two other African countries namely; Ethiopia and Senegal. Following its success in the mentioned countries, the project was scaled up to Zambia and Malawi in 2014 and DAPP Zambia’s Farmers Club model was identified and is being used as a coordination and learning platform for the rural farmers in Kanchomba south farming block. Initially, 500 small scale farmers were trained as a pilot, following its success the initiative will be scaled up to reach 2,700 rural farmers in the year 2016. Ms. Ertharin Cousin, the World Food Program Executive Director and other officials from WFP, visited the Farmers Club Project in Pemba district, Southern Province on 16 January, 2016.

Funding partners: World Food Programme.

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