Promotion of livelihoods diversification and food security

Published: 04 July 2019
Last edited: 04 July 2019

The aim of this building block was to promote diversification of families´income and their sources of food through the reforestation of riparian zones using fruit trees and other species of economic importance. People from participating communities were trained on nursing and looking after young plants. In particular, women´s groups were the ones who were trained to carry out delicate activities of caring for seedlings and planting them.


Sustainable livelihoods
Scale of implementation
Phase of solution

Enabling factors

  • Good knowledge on the area, the community, and its people´s needs so that support is better directed to support local ways of life;
  • Nurseries that have been stablished for the development of specific plants of economic and nutritional importance
  • Innovation-friendly local producers who are willing to be the first ones to modify their practices
  • Committed and consistent support from experienced, local NGOs

Lessons learned

  • Capacity development to support the diversification of food and income sources was deemed to be more important for the long-term sustainability of the solution than capacity development through conditional monetary transfers. This is because the former can drive active participation in the solution in the long-term, especially when, as in this project, awareness-raising about the importance of ecosystems for livelihoods and wellbeing has been a success.