With traditional harvests proving vulnerable to climate change, farmers in Dumba, Angola, have been trialing a new cash crop, with promising results
Like other countries in southern Africa, Angola has been hard hit by rising temperatures and lower, more erratic rainfall. Poor farmers find themselves trapped in a cycle of vulnerability, where any advances they make are wiped out every few years by climate-related shocks.
Farmers may have sufficient reserves to withstand one bad harvest, but struggle to cope with prolonged droughts that affect two or more consecutive agricultural seasons.
The PAR programme aims to strengthen rural communities’ capability to plan for, absorb and adapt to climate-induced shocks and long-term changes.
PAR Angola is a joint initiative between Christian Aid, Lutheran World Federation Angola and Norwegian Church Aid, working together as the Angola Coalition. The principal national partner is IECA – the Angolan Evangelical Congregational Church – and the programme is largely funded by Bread for the World, Germany.
Embala-Dumbi village in Cassongue municipality, Angola
Kwando Kubango, Kwanza Sul and Cunene provinces – direct work with communities
Huila, Moxico and Lunda Sul provinces – wider impact through learning exchanges and advocacy
Three years – December 2017 to December 2020
23,000 women and men in six rural municipalities
Angola Coalition (Christian Aid, Norwegian Church Aid, Lutheran World Federation Angola)
Evangelical Congregational Church (IECA)
Bread for the World (Germany)
The Angolan government’s national climate adaptation plan has so far focused primarily on larger scale industries and settlements, offering little support for the small-scale farmers and herders who make up the vast majority of Angola’s rural population.
This programme aims to empower poor rural communities to take effective preparation and mitigation steps themselves, and also to feed into government plans and processes.
This will lead to more effective and responsive climate adaptation plans at local, municipal and national levels.
- Equipping farmers with knowledge and skills that are appropriate and relevant to their local context, enabling them to adapt longstanding agricultural practices;
- Supporting remote communities to better organise themselves, and to create and update their own development and risk management plans, including early warning systems;
- Enabling farmers to access critical resources, such as drought-resistant seeds and seasonal weather forecasts;
- Sharing information and knowledge through initiatives such as learning exchanges, tool kits and impact assessments that generate evidence for advocacy;
- Empowering communities to make their needs and solutions more visible to those in positions of power, with a strong emphasis on local, participatory advocacy.
Christian Aid’s local partner IECA is active within communities in Kwando Kubango and Kwanza Sul provinces. LWF is active in Cunene. All partners work on advocacy and information sharing.