Swiss representations abroad
The relevance of wetlands for food security and nutrition is underestimated worldwide and in the Sahel in particular. Experiences from the project sites in Mali and Ethiopia and from previous efforts have the potential to change Sahelian and global approaches and to be scaled-up through attracting investments by international financing institutions. The project is implemented by Wetlands International, Caritas Switzerland and a Swiss technology company hydrosolutions Ltd.
Agriculture & food security
Agricultural water resources
Agricultural services & market
Water sector policy
Water resources conservation
|Background||Water insecurity in food systems in the Sahel (from West- to East Africa) is chronic and negatively affecting food security and nutrition. Wetlands comprising the rivers, floodplains, inland deltas and lakes, cover more than 10% of the Sahel region. They are essential for farmers, fisher communities and pastoralists, especially in times of water insecurity, but their role and existence is under constant and increasing threat.|
|Objectives||Food security and nutrition in the Sahel is improved by safeguarding wetlands|
Results from previous phases:
Water surface change in the Ziway-Shalla Basin (Ethiopia), the Lake Abijata area decreased by 40% over the last 18 years and in the Lac Wegnia Basin (Mali), the area of Lac Wegnia decreased about 20% since 2000. In the Sourou Basin (Mali) the natural resources are over-exploited due to the increasing population pressure.
The project builds on previous and complementary activities and experiences at field level and in advocacy and policy influencing at local and national level in both countries by Wetlands International and the consortium partners.
|Directorate/federal office responsible||
International or foreign NGO
Wetlands International (NL), leader of the consortium
|Coordination with other projects and actors||
Consortium partners: Caritas Switzerland, hydrosolution Ltd. and International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
South Asia: WAPRO – Water Productivity in Rice and Cotton; Horn of Africa: Strengthening Drought Resilience in the Somali Region; Mali: Appui aux économies locales des collectivités de Youwarou et de Niafunké (PACY) Programme de Soutien aux Economies Locales du Delta intérieur du Niger (PSEL-DELTA)
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 6’250’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 3’600’000|
|Project phases||Phase 99 01.04.2018 - 31.03.2027 (Current phase) Phase 1 01.04.2018 - 30.06.2023 (Current phase)|