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Wednesday, December 6, 2023
11:00 - 12:00

Building resilience in fragile contexts: Lessons learned from the Sahel and Djibouti

About the event

The impacts of climate change are particularly devastating in fragile regions. The Sahel is experiencing changing weather patterns and decreased food production that exacerbate insecurity and poverty lead to mass migration and cross-border conflict. The region is ripe with opportunity thanks to abundant natural resources, but these must be managed in a way that allows rural transformation using innovative solutions, including renewable energy, community-led initiatives and targeted investment. There is an opportunity now to stave off the most detrimental impacts of our changing climate. This session will look at current programmes in the Sahel and Djibouti from the perspectives of leadership from both implementing and investment governments together with farmers and a regional coordinating body. Programmes include SDC3 – the IFAD Joint Programme for the Sahel in Response to the Challenges of COVID-19, Conflict and Climate Change– an IFAD regional lending operation with joint-UN implementation and coordination led by the G5 Sahel and regional producer organizations, which operates in the cross-border regions of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal. Under SD3C as well as in Djibouti, IFAD-led interventions support agricultural and pastoral land development, with activities ranging from soil restoration to agricultural development and securing cross-border market access. Representatives of the Government of Djibouti will also share experiences of enabling pastoral communities to manage scarce water and fodder resources. The subsequent discussion will highlight the lessons learned from a regional approach to building resilience of communities to multiple shocks.

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