For many rural families in developing economies, a single drought or flood can create immediate economic distress as well as lingering effects that can last generations. Even the risk of these disasters can create lasting hardship. Recent evidence from the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Markets, Risk & Resilience (MRR Innovation Lab) shows that effectively managing these risks not only promotes stability in the face of shocks, but can also increase agricultural productivity and prosperity.
According to the MRR Innovation Lab, Resilience+ describes when rural families are more immediately able to withstand a shock and when that knowledge increases their investment in agricultural productivity. It encompasses the idea that reliable risk-management tools help families become more immediately able to withstand a shock but creates the security to invest for higher future incomes.
During the webinar, the MRR Innovation Lab and its research partners showcased examples of Resilience+ from field research in Africa and South Asia and aim to place it in a policy framework. The webinar included a Q+A with the presenters as well. If you were unable to attend the webinar, you can watch the webinar recording and view the presentation slide deck below.
Presentation slide deck
Deon Nel – CEO, Global Resilience Partnership
Jami Montgomery – Senior Resilience Advisor, Center for Resilience, USAID
Michael Carter – Professor, UC Davis; Director, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Markets, Risk & Resilience
Andrew Mude – Lead, Scaling Technology and Market Access for Smallholder Farmers at the African Development Bank (AfDB)
Ghada Elabed – Economist, World Bank
Gregory Lane – Professor, Economics Department, American University
Samuel Collin Ssenyimba – Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation