Building Livelihood Resilience to Alleviate Poverty in Semi-arid Areas of West Africa

Livelihood vulnerability is a major characteristic of life in semi-arid areas of sub-Saharan Africa such as the Sahel. The complex nature of vulnerability calls for an integrated systems-based approach combining the adoption of agricultural innovations, resource management, new market opportunities, and institutional and policy innovations. This grant will support an action research project for building resilience and improving livelihoods in dairy-horticulture systems in the West African countries of Mali, Niger and Togo. Researchers will work at farm-level to adapt production systems to the local context, and at (input and output) market level to identify opportunities for introducing business development services and upgrading value chains while conserving the natural resource base. Special attention will be paid to mechanisms that link producers to markets and ensuring that farm- and market-level strategies are targeted to benefit the poor, particularly women. Learning platforms will be designed to identify, test and share livelihood resilience innovations.

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Start Date

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

End Date

Tuesday, December 31, 2013


48 months

IDRC Officer

Butare, Innocent

Total funding

CA$ 1,008,900


North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Mali, Niger, Togo


Agriculture and Food Security

Project Leader

Paco Sereme


West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development

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