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Food security for people affected by climate change | Central America

The ASB’s assistance contributes to sustainable food security in Central America. The global programme focuses on vulnerable smallholder families affected by climate change in the Central American Dry Corridor. The ASB assists them with nutrient-rich food and supports them in achieving improved drought risk management at the regional, national and local levels.

The project

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    Project title: Food security for Central American populations affected by climate change

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    Project region: Honduras, Guatemala and regional (Central America)

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    Financing: Federal Ministry for Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and own resources of ASB, CORDES, ASORECH and CDH.

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    Project volume: € 1,466,667

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    Project duration: 01/09/2019 - 30/11/2022 Follow-up phase: 01/12/2023 - 31/12/2025)

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    Target group: 950 people living in poverty and at high risk of drought (200 families)

The Central American Dry Corridor stretches from Nicaragua to Guatemala and is affected by severe water shortages between November and April every year.  In recent years, the dry season has prolonged considerably due to the climate phenomenon El Niño and the effects of the climate crisis, leading to increasingly severe droughts. Successive periods of drought and low resilience have resulted in food insecurity for around 2.1 million people. Structural problems, such as extremely fragile livelihoods, weak legal and political frameworks and a lack of capacity for managing drought risks at the local and national level, mean that the crisis cannot be tackled without external support.

How the ASB is helping in Central America

Improved food security at the local level based on replicable experience


The current drought response mechanisms and solutions already exist at local level in some agro-ecological practices and sustainability measures. These include the construction of indigenous seed banks, rainwater harvesting, soil and water conservation measures and the establishment of agricultural credit unions. In general, however, agricultural practices are usually not environmentally friendly and policies for securing livelihood are inadequate. The ASB therefore trains smallholder families in practices and measures for adapting to climate change in agricultural production. 

Training to improve the value chains, marketing and commercialisation of agricultural products enables families to increase their income from agricultural production and other sources of income.

Implementation of drought early warning systems at the local level


Together with its partners, the ASB has set up the first pilot drought early warning system in Central America, which is recognised by the programme communities and integrated into the national early warning system in Honduras. The local drought early warning system receives and transmits information in order to warn the population and enable it to act in a timely and appropriate manner. The developed drought early warning system has a set of standardised operational and monitoring indicators adapted to the conditions of the Central American Dry Corridor. The ASB trains members of the municipal and district committee for disaster risk reduction, volunteers and other key actors and supports the municipalities in updating their emergency plans.

Improving drought risk management


There is not a great deal of knowledge in the region about how to reduce the risk of drought. The ASB therefore conducts training courses on drought risk management, resilience and adaptation to climate change. It also supports key local actors in establishing guidelines and tools to integrate the approach of drought risk management and resilience into national and regional policies. Through advocacy, three countries in the Central American Dry Corridor recognise best practices for reducing drought risk and resilience and promote the application of developed practices.

Advocacy on drought risk management, food security and resilience


The partner organisations are trained to implement coordinated plans for local, national and regional lobbying and advocacy groups on drought risk reduction, food security and resilience. The ASB supports their lobbying efforts, including through the organisation of communication campaigns, forums and fairs, as well as through coordination meetings with key national and regional actors. The lobbying ensures a prime position on the agenda for this key issue and promotes effective measures for vulnerable smallholder families in the Central American Dry Corridor.