Enhancing Resilience of Rural Communities to Drought, Floods and Frost in the Mantaro Valley, Peru

The Mantaro Valley in central Peru is home to more than half a million people whose livelihoods depend on agricultural activities. Most vegetables and grains consumed in Lima are produced in the valley through rain-fed small-scale agriculture. In the last few years, farmers have been plagued by increased frequency and intensity of extreme climate events, such as droughts, heavy rainfall and frost. Climatic models are predicting that the frequency of droughts is likely to be compounded by decreased rainfall in the future. Nevertheless, extreme climate events are already having a measurable impact on productivity in the valley and the livelihoods of its rural population.

This project aims to strengthen the capacity of communities in the Mantaro Valley to cope with extreme climate events such as drought, frost and floods. It will do so by rigorously documenting their occurrence; their impact on agriculture, rural livelihoods and water availability; and the traditional measures taken by farmers to cope with them. The results will inform the development of coping strategies by local governments, decision-makers and farmers in the Valley and in other parts of the Andes facing similar challenges.

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Start Date

Monday, December 22, 2008

End Date

Saturday, March 31, 2012


36 months

IDRC Officer

Rondon, Marco

Total funding

CA$ 445,600


Peru, South America, North and Central America


Climate Change

Project Leader

Alejandra Martinez


Instituto Geofísico del Perú

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