R4 Rural Resilience Initiative


Name of initiative R4 Rural Resilience Initiative
LPAA initiative Yes
NAZCA Initiative Yes
Website address http://www.wfp.org/climate-change/initiatives/r4-rural-resilience-initiative
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Starting year 2011
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Secretariat World Food Programme (WFP), Via Cesare Giulio Viola 68, Parco dei Medici, 00148 - Rome - Italy, Tel: +39-06-65131, Mr. Fabio Bedini; e-mail: fabio.bedini.@wfp.org;

Mr. Mathieu Dubreuil, e-mail: Mathieu.dubreuil@wfp.org

Organisational structure WFP and Oxfam America (OA) launched the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative (R4) in 2011 to enable vulnerable rural households to increase their food and income security in the face of increasing climate risks. R4 builds on the initial success of the Horn of Africa Risk Transfer for Adaptation (HARITA) initiative, pioneered in Ethiopia by Oxfam America, the Relief Society of Tigray (REST) and Swiss Re.
Geographical coverage Africa
Name of lead organisation World Food Programme
Type of lead organisation International organisation
Location/Nationality of lead organisation Italy


Description The R4 Rural Resilience Initiative (R4) is a comprehensive risk management approach to help communities be more resilient to climate variability and shocks. Currently active in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Senegal, Zambia and Zimbabwe, R4 reached 57,000 farmers in 2017. Our vision: 500, 000 insured farmers by 2020.
Objectives 500,000 insured farmers by 2020
Activities R4 builds on the success of the Horn of Africa Risk Transfer for Adaptation (HARITA) project in Ethiopia. It gives poor farmers and rural households the option to pay for insurance by contributing their time and labour to local climate adaptation measures, such as soil and water conservation, crop irrigation and community forestry.

Video about R4 at its web-site.

One or two success stories achieved

Monitoring and Impacts

Function of initiative Implementation, Funding, Technical dialogue
Activity of initiative Technical operational implementation (ex-post), Financing, Knowledge dissemination and exchange
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Participants Number Names
Members 2  
Companies 0
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 2 WFP (Italy),  Oxfam America (USA)
National states 0
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 0
Other members 0
Supporting partners 0
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


Transport Agriculture Forestry Business Financial institutions Buildings Industry Waste Cities and subnational governments Short Term Pollutants International maritime transport Energy Supply Fluorinated gases Energy efficiency Renewable energy Supply chain emission reductions Adaptation Other Resilience Innovation Energy Access and Efficiency Private Finance
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Last update: 26 July 2019 08:05:22

Not only have national states as participators