Developing resilient and profitable rural livelihood systems in semi-arid Mozambique: A conceptual approach
Duration: 01/Aug/2012 - 31/Jul/2015
Locations: Mozambique / South Africa / Eastern and Southern Africa
Project contact: Homann-KeeTui, S
Donor: Austrian Development Agency (ADA)-Austria
The project will primarily address the CGIAR systems level outcomes on ‘increased food security’ and ‘reduced poverty’, by identifying pathways for sustainably increasing agricultural productivity and incomes in semi-arid areas. It will develop a new conceptual approach guided by principles of modern resilience thinking and rural livelihood systems analysis to develop and evaluate pathways for increased food security and reduced rural poverty in the semi-arid areas of Mozambique. Complex socio-ecological systems (SES) are unpredictable in nature and driven by many interactions and feedback loops. Building resilience into these ‘food insecure’ SES will contribute greatly to local systems’ capacities to absorb shock and manage change. Resilience can be built by improving local understanding of the concept of change, increasing the diversity of rural livelihood systems, including household’s resource endowments (including non-farm income), their linkages to other stakeholders and local perceptions of environmental problems, and fostering the ability of communities to self-organize and re-organize. Local value chain actors, men and women farmers, community organizations, input suppliers, transporters, market actors, traders, processors, and retailers will be the beneficiaries from the research process and outputs.