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Development cooperation, 1/1/2012

Community strategies for climate-resilient livelihoods


Climate change is an irreversible, long-term shift that poses global risks to socio-economic development, food security and livelihoods. One of the most affected sectors is agriculture, especially in sub-Saharan African countries like Zambia. Rural smallholder farmers, the primary producers of agricultural outputs, are amongst the most vulnerable to the stress and disturbance adversely impacting food and income security at household and national levels. This project builds on the Community Strategies for Climate-Resilient Livelihoods (2014-2016) project which has successfully developed the adaptive capacity of four farming communities through increased understanding of climate change as well as the introduction of new, diversified livelihoods, such as agroecological farming and livestock production. However, transition to more resilient, sustainable agricultural production takes time, as does the consolidation of tangible financial benefits. The continuation phase is crucial for ensuring the long-term ownership of activities and sustainability of results through further skills development. The project targets 250 households (about 2000 community members) with awareness events and livelihood training, tailored to each community’s needs, with the view of strengthening their practical knowhow and skills to independently identify climatic risks and implement suitable adaptation strategies. The project also builds the institutional and entrepreneurial capacity of local farmer groups through training on leadership and project management as well as business-oriented thinking and market linkages, to equip them with confidence and ownership for independent operations after project end. The project is in line with the development policy priority of food security, water and sustainable use of natural resources, but also contributes to gender equality thanks to special focus on female farmers. Green Living Movement (GLM) Zambia and Finland have many years of experience of promoting community-driven sustainable development initiatives in rural Zambia, with GLM Zambia as chief implementer and GLM Finland providing project management, communication and financial support.


2017: 57 914 €
2018: 52 798 €
2019: 31 643 €

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Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

Aid to environment
Aid to environment
Climate change - mitigation
Gender equality
Participatory development/Good governance

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Environmental education/ training 40%
Agricultural alternative development 40%
Democratic participation and civil society 20%

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Green Living Movement Suomi ry
Green Living Movement Zambia
Green Living Movement



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