Programme 2

Rainfed Agriculture and Food Sovereignty

To strengthen the resilience of farming communities and their food sovereignty in the face of climate change by deploying effective responses on the ground, improving the natural resource management capacities of local actors and promoting knowledge sharing.

In collaboration with APAF SN, Océanium Dakar, Caritas Kaolack, Kanchan Nepal

La pluie, la forêt et les Hommes, De terre et de pluie, Femmes de terre



Plateforme Souveraineté Alimentaire (PSA)


#nobluenogreen #zerohunger #generationrestoration #watersecurity #betterwithforest #agirpourlenvironnement #climateaction


More than 2 billion people live in countries with high water stress (FAO, 2018). By 2050, an estimated 3.2 billion people will be living in water-scarce areas. (United Nations, 2020)


The challenge of sustainable rain-fed agriculture

Intensive agriculture, the use of chemical fertilisers and the weakening of ecosystems such as forests are causing soil degradation. The loss of soil, the destruction of crops and livelihoods combined with the acceleration of extreme weather events increases the vulnerability of communities to the effects of climate change.

IRHA supports local actors in implementing concrete responses to soil improvement, land and vegetation cover restoration and natural resource management.

Rainwater management and conservation techniques could increase the kilocalorie production of rainfed crops by +24% or even +40% if combined with irrigation (FAO, 2020)

Rainwater management to achieve "Zero Hunger" is fully in line with the Sustainable Development Goals SDG2 and SDG15.

In order to improve the health, living conditions and resilience of communities and ecosystems, our action consists of supporting the food sovereignty of communities and the promotion of sustainable rain-fed agriculture.

  • Development of action plans for integrated water resource management at the watershed level, drawn up in a participatory manner with all local stakeholders (communities, authorities, services, etc.)
  • Establishment of agroforestry plots, infrastructure for erosion control and runoff reduction,
  • Establishment of storage, infiltration and groundwater recharge infrastructures
  • Strengthening the technical and management capacities of field actors (institutions, farmers, cooperatives, etc.).
(Beneficiary farmer, Fatick, Senegal) Credits@IRHA, 2019

"I joined the agroforestry programme in 2014, we started by building the fence to prevent intrusion and destruction of vegetables by animals. The fertilizer trees have increased production and retained rainwater much longer than in other places. "




Programme 2



News - Rainfed Agriculture and Food Sovereignty

Image Empowering Communities: Annapurna's Community Seed Bank Transforms Agriculture and Lives
20 February 2024

The concept of Community Seed Banks (CSB) has been globally developed to address on-farm conservation and utilization of local plant genetic reso...

Image Strengthening women's groups in agro-ecological practices
19 December 2023
by Florian Bielser
As part of the Femme de Terre project, a reinforcement of 5 women's groups was organized by the field agent of APAF Sénégal (Association pour la ...
Image Savings and credit for family farming in sub-Saharan Africa
8 December 2023
by PSA
An international workshop on financing rural development was held in Gitega, Burundi, in September 2023, organised by the Burundian association ADI...

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Programme 1

Rainwater for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Access to safe water and sanitation, as well as appropriate hygiene, is a human right and can prevent a significant proportion of water-related diseases.

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Programme 3

Disaster risk management and ecosystem restoration

The weakening of forest, mangrove and wetland ecosystems, which helps reduce exposure to major risks, increases the vulnerability of communities to the effects of climate change.

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Programme 4

Urban Rainwater

Storm rain, flooding, creating islands of coolness, rainwater management in the city has emerged in recent years as a nature-based solution (NbS) that cannot be ignored in managing a sustainable city.

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 (Beneficiary farmer, Fatick Senegal) Credits @IRHA, 2019


"With the agroforestry and rainwater management programme, I planted trees in my field. I am very happy because the trees have grown well and I even have fodder to feed my livestock, in this period of drought."


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