The Waati Yelema Labenw project “Acting together on Climate Change” in Bambara, Mali’s national language, worked to engage communities in identifying and implementing solutions to help strengthen resilience in the face of climate change or other shocks.
Funded by the UKAid Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) program and building on successes of the RIC4REC project (2015-2018), WYL incorporated activities to improve livelihood in the face of climate impacts, improved agricultural infrastructure and technology, and women’s empowerment to strengthen community resilience.
Implemented in 2018-2019, WYL:
- Prioritized climate change adaptation management with a strong community basis for implementation;
- Empowered communities to use climate information in managing livelihoods;
- Increased availability and accessibility of resources through market-oriented group membership micro enterprises.
WYL was driven by local priorities, resulting in a unique project for each community and fostering ownership of efforts. Communities conducted a participatory diagnosis to develop a resilience plan tailored to meet local needs and opportunities to increase community ownership.
While projects were unique to each community, all activities improved knowledge of agricultural practices adaptable to changing climates and increased access to information that can guide decision-making throughout production. Communities were trained on the use of intercropping, Zai the farming a technique used to restore degraded drylands and increase soil fertility, organic fertilizers, and other approaches. New technology on the farm was complemented by new mobile technology, as platforms from Orange Mali allowed farmers to access production management data while still tending their crops or livestock.
Additional activities focused on building resilience and income generation amongst particularly vulnerable groups, with a focus on women. The formation of these microenterprises increases a community’s ability to adapt, absorb, and anticipate future shocks.
From 2018 to 2019, Blumont worked with partners including Mali’s Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization, AMASSA Afrique Verte, ICRISAT, G-Force, and U.N. Women, to implement WYL activities in 10 communes and 30 villages in the regions of Mopti, Segou, and Koulikoro