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Foundations for Change Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance Phase II Lessons from Year 1.
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This report summarises the objectives and successes of the Building Resilience and Community Engagement (BRACE II) project implemented from 2011 – 2014 in 91 villages across six chiefdoms in Sierra Leone. The programme aimed to reduce food insecurity and improve the livelihoods of vulnerable households.
The main successes of BRACE II have been: the improvement of agricultural assets (particularly rice and other seed); higher crop yields of rice; and the introduction of new crops such as cassava, groundnuts and sweet potatoes.
Farmer Field Schools established in 20 communities have empowered vulnerable groups, such as women, by educating them in better farming techniques, business planning and management.
Overall the results were positive, with the majority of households seeing a reduction in their hunger gap by one to three months through improved food self-sufficiency and greater ability to purchase food. Vulnerable households also experienced positive results through the provision of small animals, seed and the development of fish ponds.