Oxfam America and WFP have launched the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative to give farmers and rural families a new way to manage some of the risks they face from increasingly erratic weather.
An event will be held in Dakar next week to roll out R4 in Senegal.
R4 refers to the four risk management strategies the initiative integrates. It builds on the initial success of an earlier program called HARITA, or the Horn of Africa Risk Transfer for Adaptation). Developed by Oxfam America together with partners, HARITA enabled poor farmers to strengthen their food and income security through a combination of improved resource management (risk reduction), insurance (risk transfer), microcredit (prudent risk taking) and savings (risk reserves)—the four Rs.
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