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Strengthening smallholders and women’s livelihoods and resilience in the N'ZI region

$12 million to improve food and nutrition security of smallholder farmers, women, and youth exposed to the effects of climate change.
Photo: Antoine Thibayd/Creative Commons


Hunger and malnutrition are on the rise in Côte d’Ivoire, as the result of conflicts, climate change and lack of investment in the agricultural sector. As of 2019, more than 10 million people, or about 46.3% (55.4% in rural areas) of the population live below the poverty line. The effects of this crisis have significantly affected the livelihoods of the population, constraining small scale farmers to produce enough food. This situation is perceptible in the N'zi region, targeted by the project for its socio-economic and environmental fragility. The region has high prevalence of food and nutrition insecurity, as well as high vulnerability of family farms to the effects of climate change, and environmental degradation.


The project’s overall objective is to improve the incomes and food security of poor people in the N’zi region and build their resilience to climate change. The project will promote sustainable and resilient agri-food systems for family farms, focusing on scaling up resilient productivity-enhancing technologies for water and soil fertility management and land use systems. The project also will promote rural entrepreneurship for women and youth, focusing on youth-led agricultural services; facilitate market access through inclusive and gender-sensitive value chain development and business models; facilitate access to rural finance; support actors’ professionalization and women’s empowerment; and strengthen mechanisms for monitoring climate, food, and nutritional vulnerability and early warning and prevention systems.

Project Status

Under Preperation


  • Côte d’Ivoire



Focus area

  • Fragility

Supervising entity

  • AfDB
  • FAO


No results are yet available because the project is still under preparation.