Helping Malians respond to harsh or changing climates through diversified livelihoods with a focus on food security, training and improved technology.

With our partners, we are implementing a climatic change resiliency program that benefits 264,000 people in the Sahel climatic zone of Mali, targeting those most vulnerable to the risks of climate disasters. The program known by its local French acronym RIC4REC, is funded through UKaid BRACED (BRACED.org). The RIC4REC program is built around four axes: social cohesion, climate change adapted livelihoods, natural resource management and governance.

Program strategies include:

  • Making disaster risk management a priority for rural communities through exchanges of experience, radio programs and the development of collective activities;
  • Strengthening communities in the use of climate information for decision-making related to livelihoods;
  • Increasing productive assets and yields through introducing climate smart practices, and sustainable management of natural resources including soil, pastures and forest land; and
  • Strengthening disaster risk management capacities at local and national levels through dissemination of lessons learned in climate adaptation programs and training.

The RIC4REC program works in 280 communities in 60 rural municipalities across three administrative regions of Mali: Mopti, Koulikoro, and Segou.

Coordination with national policies and programs is fostered through a strong relationship with the Malian Agency for the Environment and Sustainable Development (AEDD).

The program facilitates community based learning and initiatives to build resiliency to climate shocks and stresses and is developed around a community-based analysis of risk for disasters and the subsequent resiliency planning process. Project interventions support communities through training in climate smart agriculture practices and technologies (CSA), including the effective use of agro-climatic information; enhancing collective management of productive assets and savings; supporting growth of women’s micro-enterprises; strengthening integration of community resilient livelihoods priorities in local government development planning; sustainable community management of natural resources; and promotion of energy-efficient household technologies.

The program’s lessons learned will be shared systematically across national platforms on climate change such as the National Committee on Climate Change and through sector programs and projects with targeted advice on climate change adaptation best practices in Mali.

Partners include: AMASSA Afrique Verte, G-FORCE, ICRISAT, CCAFS, Sènèkèla (Orange Mali) and resource partners: Mali Women’s Engineers Association, and the Humanitarian Relief and Development Laboratory (HURDL).

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