To achieve the resilience of poor households and communities, NGO ERB is focusing on the following main axes:
-Food security (availability, accessibility, quality, stability) through increased access to quality agricultural inputs, promotion of income generating activities, credit savings, unconditional cash transfers, disaster risk reduction and early warning systems.
-Availability of means and services to enable rural households to prevent and treat under nutrition among women of childbearing age and children under five.
-Prevention of community and household conflicts through the participation of all stakeholders in conflict management and risk reduction initiatives, i.e., the establishment of mediation structures at the community level, prevention of sexual and gender-based violence
-Analysis and early warning system on food and nutritional security (SAP SAN) in the local communities of intervention of the ERB
-Disaster risk management and reduction in local households and communities
ERB implements resilience projects that combine a wide range of the approaches for household and community resilience. The combined approaches are the following: CEP (Farmer Field School), PIP (Plan Intégré Paysan), FARN (Foyer d’Apprentissage et de Réhabilitation Nutritionnelle), Caisse de Résilience as well as the Community-based Disaster Risk Management approach.
Specifically, the Community-Based Disaster Risk Management approach is used to enable households and communities to be resilient against both hunger and the negative effects of climate change. The latter approach is recent in Burundi and ERB has been using it in the implementation of rural resilience projects since 2019 in partnership with the international NGO CORDAID. This approach provides six main steps for household and community resilience:
- Participatory disaster risk assessment;
- Prioritization of disaster threats with a particular focus on elements at risk;
- Mapping of local vulnerabilities and capacities
- Development of plans (development and contingency)
- Support of households and communities in the implementation of the development and mitigation plans
- Knowledge: exchange of experiences and lessons learned