Ten-year Pro-ARIDES to pave the way for a more resilient and sustainable Sahel.
Pro-ARIDES (PROgramme Agroalimentaire pour la Résilience Intégrée et le Développement Economique du Sahel)
Ten-year Pro-ARIDES to pave the way for a more resilient and sustainable Sahel. Pro-ARIDES aims to ‘contribute to increased resilience, food security and incomes of farmer and (agro)pastoralist households in the Sudano-Sahel zone of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger through effective, decentralised institutions and organisations for improved service provision, natural resource and land management and local economic development'.
The PROgramme Agroalimentaire pour la Résilience Intégrée et le Développement Economique du Sahel (Pro-ARIDES) is a €100M programme financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. SNV will implement the programme over a period of 10 years with its consortium partners CARE-Netherlands, Wageningen University & Research and The Royal Tropical Institute, as well as its local partners, national and regional umbrella farmers and pastoralists organisations, local governments and research institutes in the three countries.
Improved food, farm and herd management for more resilient production systems and better household nutrition
Increased business, service and employment opportunities and market linkages generating more economic value
Sustainable management of land, water and other natural resources through peaceful and collective resource use arrangements
Gender, youth and inclusiveness for resilient food systems development
Underlying – Strengthening institutions to re-establish social contract
Challenges and opportunities in the region
The Sudano-Sahelian zone of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger faces many challenges, which, if not mitigated, could have devastating consequences for its populations and beyond. Affected by climate change and a changing environment, it experiences erratic rainfall, strong inequalities within communities, instability and conflicts, degradation of land and water resources, displacement and a fragile food and nutritional situation. All these put together results in low levels of resilience extremely vulnerable to external shocks such as acute food insecurity and malnutrition, which were aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yet, there are enough opportunities that when harnessed, could reverse these trends. Agriculture remains the key sector and main source of livelihood. Inclusive value chains could be a source of decent income and fight against malnutrition. Equipped with matching skills, the youth represents a workforce available for agriculture and can be the engine necessary to transform this sector. Women, could, with the right support and empowerment, take key roles in the development of value chains.
Creating decent jobs for these populations would contribute to lowering existing tensions, the attraction of violent extremist groups, and thus improve the stability of the region, in addition to increasing the resistance of the populations to various external shocks.