R4 Rural Resilience Initiative Quarterly Report: October - December 2017
The R4 Rural Resilience Initiative (R4) is a strategic partnership between Oxfam America (OA) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). R4 was initiated in 2011 to respond to the challenges faced by food insecure communities enduring increasingly frequent and intense climate disasters and other shocks.
The program builds on the initial success of HARITA (Horn of Africa Risk Transfer for Adaptation), an integrated risk management framework developed by Oxfam America, the Relief Society of Tigray (REST), Ethiopian farmers and several other national and global partners. R4 refers to the four risk management strategies integrated in the project to strengthen farmers’ food and income security. The initiative combines improved resource management (risk reduction), insurance (risk transfer), livelihoods diversification and microcredit (prudent risk taking), and savings (risk reserves).
In this quarter, the initiative continued to expand in Southern Africa and in Kenya. Overall, R4 has reached 57,625 farmers and their households (about 300,000 people) in Ethiopia, Senegal, Malawi, Zambia and Kenya with microinsurance coverage. In 2018, the initiative will start operational activities in Zimbabwe with an initial target of 500 participants. In Ethiopia, poor rain performance identified in the end-of-season-assessment is expected to trigger payouts in early 2018. In Kenya, all 936 participants received payouts amounting to US$40,247.