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Central America in Context

Central America is a region that boasts emblematic landscapes, tropical forests and historically rich cultures. From the ancient Mayan civilization to the diverse wildlife, it is a region ripe with potential.

However, during 2015, when there was a strong “El Niño” climatic event, the region began to experience erratic and insufficient rains, which then contributed to lost harvests for basic grains and a loss of thousands of cattle.

The region already must deal with alarmingly high rates of poverty and malnutrition and now the effects of climate change are impacting the most vulnerable: small-scale subsistence farmers and fishermen.

ResCA, a comprehensive and innovative solution

In order to improve the livelihoods of these subsistence producers, while considering their vulnerabilities, Resilient Central America (ResCA) seeks to face two main challenges:

  • Food security
  • Resilience to climate change

Through pilot projects that test innovative solutions while working at multiple scales, ResCA implements Healthy Productive Ecosystems to build resilience to climate change, conserve natural habitats, and strengthen local economies, a win-win-win model.

In partnership with the private and public sectors, we promote systemic change and generate scalable success experiences in the agriculture and fisheries sector.

Ultimately, ResCA seeks to open access to financial resources in order to develop replicable models to solve climate change challenges and ensure food security for the population suffering from poverty and malnutrition.

 

This is how we work…

ResCA Pillars

Promote policy changes

We promote changes in public policies to foster the structural conditions necessary to move towards a climate-resilient agricultural approach and its widespread adoption.

Value chains

We strengthen and drive the replication of sustainable value chains.

Productivity

We promote productive approaches, on land and at sea, that preserve the natural resources on which people depend.

Social and economic

We strengthen livelihoods for farmers and fishermen, as well as their families and communities.