The Nursery and Resource center in Djedidé, Sila Region, Chad.
Photo: Cecilia Benda

08.12.2017

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With view to climate change, raising the resilience of rural households and local communities is becoming ever more important. Practising Climate-Smart Agriculture and establishing early warning systems are two elements employed in this context. However, limitations quickly become clear in practical implementation. Taking experiences from the Concern-led „Building Resilience in Chad and Sudan“ programme, our authors reports on success factors and obstacles.

Increasing erratic climate patterns, a rise in temperatures and more frequent extreme weather events have been witnessed throughout the Sahel. Boosting the region’s capacity to respond to such changes is vital to enhancing food security and household and community resilience to the effects of climate change. In order to adapt the food production systems to these trends and make them less vulnerable to the impact of climate change, Concern Worldwide launched the Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) programme in Chad and Sudan.

Drought-resistant varieties in West Darfur

Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) is a fundamental component of the programme (see Box below) and also a core element of Concern’s Resilience Strategy. It includes the use of high quality seeds that are better suited to the changes in climate conditions. Within the programme, Concern has been partnering with the Sudan Agricultural Research Corporation since 2015 in order to promote and increase access to two drought-tolerant and quick-maturing varieties of millet and sorghum, Ashana and Butana respectively.

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