Resilience Workshop PELUM-Kenya



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The PELUM-Kenya, one of the EOA partners under the SSNC supported wing of the EOA Initiative recently organized for a TOT workshop on resilience thinking in

agroecology.

In this context, resilience refers to the ability of a system to maintain it’s functions and structure after going through a change or a disturbance. Looking at agroecological system, disturbances may refer to forest fires, droughts, pests and diseases, climate changes etc..

This workshop was aimed at establishing a pool of Trainer of Trainers (TOTs) in Eastern Africa for partners of the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) for them to further advance capacity of the field trainers and extension officers on using Resilience as an analytical tool in Social-Ecological Systems.

The main objectives were;

  1. To create and strengthen a pool of Trainers of Trainers (ToTs) in resilience building and thinking.
  2. To increase knowledge integration of resilience thinking in programmes and projects for Partner organizations.
  3. Trace Resilience Thinking as applied in Research from Theory into Practice

Way forward for the partcipants (TOTs)

The pool of trainers will spearhead trainings geared towards development of capacities for partner organizations in preparation of development projects, in mainstreaming resilience principles. The trainers will further carry out localized trainings in local regions/zones, for field trainers on resilience building, focusing on recognition and mainstreaming the resilience principles

RESILIENCE:

Resilience is the long-term capacity of a given system to deal with change or disturbance and still retain its basic function and structure, while continuing to develop an ecosystem such as a forest, this can involve dealing with storms, fires and pollution; while for a society, it involves that ability to deal with political uncertainty or natural disasters in a way that is sustainable in the long term. For an Agricultural system, resilience involves an ability to deal with everything from climate change and pest and diseases outbreaks to changes in agricultural policy. Resilience therefore comprises the ability of systems to withstand stress and to restore essential functions afterwards.

Source: Stockholm Resilience Centre; Lundberg and Moberg 2008

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