Climate-Smart Agricultural project - Exploring synergy potential among climate and ecosystem conservation measures.
Climate-Smart Agricultural project - Exploring synergy potential among climate and ecosystem conservation measures.
The project titled “Climate-Smart Agricultural project - Exploring synergy potential among climate and ecosystem conservation measures” will be implemented in fifteen communities namely, Potoru, Ngeyawamai, Kannehla, Moala and Bandasuma in Barri chiefdom; Gokpoma, Gbahama, Zimmi, Palima and Gofor in Makpelle chiefdom; Fairo, Bagorma, Jingama, Gondama and Sembehun in Soro-Gbema chiefdom. The project seeks to address the pressing environmental challenges that include climate change, wetlands degradation, and land degradation in the form of gullies, deforestation, wildfires, and water shortages for drinking and domestic purposes, livestock and loss of biodiversity. All these pressing challenges have resulted in increasing poverty levels and food insecurity within the 15 target communities.

This intervention will focus on the following activities:
• The rehabilitation and conservation of 2 wetlands and also include the implementation of sustainable livelihoods activities for youth and women in Moala and Gokpoma community
• Provide 200 households with adequate clean water for drinking, domestic use and water for livestock production
• Strengthen the capacity of 600 smallholder households in15 targeted communities) in responding to climate change impacts through climate smart agro ecological strategies
• To address land degradation through gully reclamation, afforestation activities, woodlots development and introduce fuel saving stoves for Zimmi, Potoru and Fairo communities to assist 150 households
• Establishment of an Information centre at Action for Women’s Empowerment (AWE-SL) central training and marketing centre for easy information dissemination to the landscape.
• Beekeeping and Fish farming
• Promote the conservation of 5 hectares of natural woodlots in Jingama, Gondama and Sembehun villages through reforestation and establishment of 3,000 local trees species of cash crops (Coco and cashew nut). The tree species will be used for conservation and food.
• Improve the participation of all targeted communities in climate information generation, dissemination and building resilient communities for prompt local response.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Action for Womens Empowerment Sierra Leone
Country:
Sierra Leone
Area Of Work:
CapDev
Land Degradation
Operational Phase:
OP6 -Y4 (Jul 18 - Jun 19)
Grant Amount:
US$ 5,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 1,000.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 3,000.00
Project Number:
SLE/SGP/OP6/Y4/STAR/LD/29/08/2018/45
Start Date:
10/2018
End Date:
9/2019
Status:
Currently under execution
Project Characteristics and Results
Gender Focus
Both women and men in rural communities are smallholders. Women make up just under half (43%) of the agricultural labour force. The role of women is increasing, especially as a result of migration out of rural areas by men and young people in search of employment. Despite this, the contribution of women smallholders often goes unrecognised; work activities such as subsistence agriculture are often underestimated or excluded for reasons such as limitation of data sources and data collection approaches which do not include the unpaid work of women and girls in and around households. As a result found in a recent review of gender and CSA, women farmers face barriers in their ability to adopt CSA practices, including unequal access to credit, technology and agricultural inputs, as well as capacity-building. Therefore, in implementing CSA, it is important to understand the needs, priorities and challenges of different stakeholders. Gender relations, opportunities, socio-cultural norms, access to resources and power dynamics across social lines may lead women and men to have different knowledge, skills and perspectives. They may also have different opportunities and constraints that may help or hinder the adoption of CSA. In fact, if implemented without consideration of gender and social inequalities, CSA practices will fail to take advantage of opportunities to improve livelihoods and may instead increase these inequalities. This project will ensure that empowerment through training and support to both abled and disabled women to control influential leadership positions in the group and community project management since they are the major users of natural resources and largest proportion of the beneficiaries’ population. The project will ensure active participation of both men and women in decision-making by ensuring that there is a balance between men and women in the management committees. Gender issues will be seriously taken into consideration during implementation in terms of division of labour and ensuring equitable access to resources and benefits accruing from project. In terms of reporting there will be gender segregated data on project participants. The project will support women led projects in order for them to achieve direct control of productive resources. Addressing women’s needs in the areas of energy, water, food security, markets and access to weather and climate information is in line with AWE-SL’s Climate Change Strategy that seeks to reduce women’s vulnerability to climate change and poverty.
Capacity - Building Component
Capacity enhancement is one of the main concerns of the organization noting that the effectiveness of staff members requires refresher trainings and workshops where experiences can be shared. In this regard the organization needs capacity building on Monitoring and Evaluation using Participatory Rural Appraisals, and also training in Fund Raising to enhance knowledge and skills of staff members in raising funds for project implementation.
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Indicators
Empowerment
Number of CBOs / NGOs participated / involved in SGP project 5
Biophysical
Hectares of degraded land rest 60
Biophysical
Hectares of land sustainably managed by project 100
Livehood
Increase in household income by increased income or reduced costs due to SGP project 50
Livehood
Number of individuals (gender diaggregated) who have benefited* from SGP project 600

Grantee Contact

Mr. Joseph Junisa
Phone: +23280740808
Email: awe.sierraleone@yahoo.com
 

Address

162 Bo/Kenema Highway
Bo , Southern Region , +232

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Abdul Rahman Adaama SANNOH
Phone:
+232 76 789 985
Email:
Mr. Desmond Luseni
Email:

Address

UNDP SIERRA LEONE, UN COMPLEX, FOURAH BAY CLOSE, WILBERFORCE
FREETOWN, WESTERN AREA, 23222