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Climate Resilient Sustainable Agriculture

Every day, one in eight people in the world goes to bed hungry. Yet the world produces more than enough food for everybody. 

At ActionAid, we are tackling the root causes of hunger and supporting the poorest and most marginalised people to ensure they have rights to land and enough food to eat.

Land, water and forests are the key to providing food, decent livelihoods and a sustainable future for everybody. Yet environmental pressures and increasing competition for these resources means that rural communities the world over are being forced off their land. 

ActionAid stands up for rural women and smallholder farmers by helping them hold governments, international organisations and corporations to account.

Furthermore, ActionAid works with landless women and men, including smallholder farmers, to help them secure control over their land so they can feed themselves, their families and their communities. We also help farmers withstand climate change across the world by promoting new, sustainable farming methods.

For example, in Uganda where women make up 80 per cent of the rural workforce producing food, but only 7 per cent of them own land, we are promoting innovative sustainable agriculture practices and supporting 13,000 women to have more secure access, control over and ownership of land.

Our land rights work focuses on four key areas: 

Sustainable agriculture
ActionAid’s ground-breaking Climate Resilient Sustainable Agriculture (CRSA) framework addresses food security and climate adaptation, and we work with women’s groups, farmers and fisher folk on the ground in over 40 countries to ensure they have better access to the resources and skills they need to earn a living.

Smallholder and women farmers
ActionAid empowers smallholder farmers, particularly women. We are also advocating for increased and improved public financing for agriculture, especially for women smallholder farmers, so as to close the gender gap.

Women’s rights to land
Many millions of people, women in particular, need secure access to land, resources and supportive policies from their governments. Such support, primarily focused on sustainable small-scale farming, can renew ecosystems while significantly reducing poverty and hunger. ActionAid is also campaigning to stop land grabs and securing women’s rights to land.

Food crisis
In spite of global commitments to reduce hunger by half by 2015, 842 million people are still living in hunger. 2014 is the tenth anniversary of the commitment on the Right to Food, and in order to reduce hunger and secure the right to food, ActionAid plays a key role in monitoring and influencing land, food and agricultural policy at national, regional and global level.

Water, forests and minerals
Natural resources play a critical role in the lives of poor people. ActionAid also works with people to secure their rights to all natural resources and to ensure their surroundings are fairly and sustainably managed.


Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in Southern part of Africa, whose economy is agro-based, generally rain dependent and largely rural with limited arable land; exposed to various types of natural, epidemiological and human induced hazards which have occurred with increasing frequency in the last decade.  More and more vulnerable populations are subjected to acute humanitarian needs that exhibit themselves to food insecurity, fragile livelihoods, a population of 1.2 million living with HIV and AIDS and an imprecise number that remains internally displaced. Zimbabwe's dependence on natural resources and rain fed agriculture makes the country highly vulnerable to climate changes and erratic rainfall; underlining the need for climate resilient sustainable agriculture (CRSA). Zimbabwe, once a net food exporter, has become a perpetual net food importer with more than half of its population in need for food aid every year. ActionAid Zimbabwe is already working on the CRSA programme and is focusing on the following:  improved livelihoods of the poor and vulnerable people; improved women’s access to and control over land and related resources; Lobby for legislation, policies to enhance food security; enhancing the capacity of small-scale farmers in forging market linkages, strengthening producer associations and policy dialogue (trade justice) and adaptation and mitigation of climate change. The key actions for the CRSA programme has included the following:


  • Capacity Development of Smallholder Producers to Participate  meaningfully in agricultural markets
  • Promotion of CRSA practices among smallholder Producers
  • Strengthening of resilience of smallholder producers to climate change and natural disasters
  • Strengthening the capacity of women and other smallholders to claim their rights and entitlements to land and natural resources


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