13th to the 20th of October 2014
Natural resources, particularly agricultural land and water, subsoil minerals and timber, make up a relatively larger share of the national wealth in less developed economies. In the East and Southern Africa region community natural resource management and environment conservation are key topics because of the high population growth and poverty, and the predominant dependence on the environment for livelihoods.
Changes in the climate are projected to produce a rise in crop failures, stress on livestock and inland fisheries, pest and disease outbreaks and the degradation of land and water resources. These impacts are likely to hit Africa vulnerable population especially hard, in the specific arid and semi-arid regions in East and Southern Africa .
The need to develop effective adaptation and mitigation strategies has then become crucial to securing livelihoods and community development. As a response, IFAD and country partners are mainstreaming the thematic into their operations as well created the Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP), a funding facility of over USD200m.
Through a hands on face-to-face learning, the 8-day Learning Route:
Offers the opportunity of learning directly in the field and from its protagonist some of the best practices on i) Natural Resource Management (NRM) for poverty alleviation and ii) Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) strategies and livelihood improvement.