WFP is boosting resilience at scale in the Sahel by restoring land, building community infrastructure, promoting education, improving nutrition and health, and creating jobs for women and young people in the five Sahel countries – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania, Mali and Niger. 3 million people benefited from activities in 2022 in over 2,750 villages, and over 220,300 hectares of land were rehabilitated by Sahelians since 2018.
Thanks to a Resilience Monitoring and Measurement framework, the programme is demonstrating positive outcomes terms of food security, economic empowerment, natural regeneration, nutrition, access to social services, reduction of daily hardships, as well as social cohesion demonstrating positive outcomes. Most importantly, beneficiaries’ food security remained stable or improved in most countries and years despite the various shocks and stressors affecting the region and an increasingly difficult context marked by a deterioration of food security.
WFP and partners now embark on a second phase of the Sahel Integrated Resilience Programme to be implemented over the next five years (2023-2028). This second phase implies: i) adapting support packages to pave the way for resilient food systems before a gradual phase-out; ii) expanding activities to new sites based on landscape continuums; iii) further programme integration, with a particular focus on shock-responsive social protection and disaster risk financing; and iv) reinforce complementarity with partners, particularly to reinforce access to land, energy and water, and strengthen social cohesion.
Consolidating and expanding the approach will require resources aligned with the scale of needs. In total, WFP aims to invest US$1.5 billion in the resilience of 5 million people over the next five years.