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Local sources of resilience: Working with social capital

People have always faced shocks and have devised a variety of institutional responses to cope with, recover from, and prevent future impacts. Central to these shocks and this coping capacity, but often underexplored, is the role of social capital.…


Strengthening the links between resilience and nutrition: A proposed approach

This brief attempts to bring together the thinking on nutrition and resilience, to clarify the role of food and agriculture in each of these agendas, and to define potential synergies between nutrition and resilience concepts and programs.


Resilience and exclusion: Development policy implications

Resilience is a desirable capability of people to deal with shocks without significant loss of livelihood, health, and nutrition. Resilience is impaired by exclusion and other forms of discrimination. Exclusion is part of a larger set of causal…


Pastoralism and resilience south of the Sahara

The recent popularity of the term resilience in the development discourse concerning arid and semiarid lands in Africa can be traced to two major international issues. The first is climate change, concerned with how to build resilient communities in…


Measuring resilience in a risky world: Why, where, how, and who?

Much of the world’s chronically poor and malnourished population lives in an increasingly volatile world. The dangerous nexus of climate change, rapid population growth, conflict, and economic stagnation has already pushed several poor regions into…


Building resilience to conflict through food security policies and programs: An overview

One and a half billion people still live in fragile, conflict affected areas. People in these countries are about twice as likely to be malnourished and to die during infancy as people in other developing countries. This outcome is often a direct…