The implementation of the KKM PLS SSA CP project between 2008 and 2010 revealed some achievements, lessons learned, and challenges as it relates to sustainable agricultural intensification. One of the key areas emphasized by the program has to do with its role in facilitating institutional innovations as a means of enhancing sustainable reduction of hunger and poverty. A key element was the program’s capacity to ensure “widespread adoption of technologies and improve income of stakeholders…” This was made possible by (among others) the “harmonization of distinct institutional agendas and practices among a diversity of actors (e.g., farmers’ associations, entrepreneurs, NGOs, CBOs, development-oriented organizations, ministries, and research and extension agencies)”. This was done in line with the Sudan Savanna Taskforce strategy of using “innovation platforms to enhance agricultural productivity and income of rural farmers along the value chain without degrading the natural resource base”.
‘Resilience’ is a concept that is increasingly used to refer to a community’s ability to anticipate, survive, respond and recover in the face of disaster, decline and hardship. Originally the term was used to denote physical properties of materials such as timber or steel, and more recently it has been used by ecologists and environmentalists to refer to the ability of natural systems to recover from disease or destruction. Now policy makers and researchers are referring to ‘community resilience’ as a measure of our local and social ability to reduce risk and vulnerability in the face of adversity.
This edition of Practice Insights delves into some key practical and critical issues around how the concept of community resilience is being used and can how it can inform community development practice and policy.