Resilience is the capacity to remain or bounce easily back/ forward to a situation of food security when being shocked with shocks and stressors. REALISE adopts the following contextual definition of resilience: “Ability of people and communities to prepare for, respond to, recover from shocks and to adapt to uncertainty and future risks, while considering linkages between social, institutional, ecological and farming systems”.
In promoting resilience, REALISE puts great emphasis on what communities can do for themselves and how to strengthen their capacities, rather than concentrating on their vulnerability to disaster or environmental shocks and stresses, or their needs in an emergency. Resilience also means to look at the link and peoples’ perception/meaning to threats and processes and their extrapolation to future risks.
Many PSNP clients and PSNP communities are not resilient because of an interplay of factors that include environmental degradation, limited access to resources and fragmentation of landholdings.
- Improved farming capacities that result in increased food production using agricultural inputs, agricultural technologies and practices (crop diversification, variety diversification, water harvesting, intercropping and FYM etc.)
- Improved capacities to deal with shocks and stressors to secure food. Thus, making transitions from the reactive coping strategies to proactive strategies