EU approach to resilience in Africa
In response to the massive food crises in Africa, the European Commission (EC) took two initiatives: Supporting Horn of African Resilience (SHARE) and l’Alliance Globale pour l’Initiative Résilience Sahel (AGIR). These set out a new approach to building up the resilience of vulnerable populations, especially those dependent on crop farming and pastoralism. The purpose of this Communication from the EC to the European Parliament and the Council entitled “The EU approach to resilience – learning from food security crises” is to use the lessons from these experiences to improve the effectiveness of the EU’s support to reducing vulnerability in drought-prone developing countries by including increased resilience as a central aim. In addition, the Communication seeks to contribute to the international debate on enhancing food security and resilience in a wider sense, notably in the context of the G8, G20, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) initiative, the Rio Conventions negotiations and the Global Alliance for the Horn of Africa.