Completion of the Institutional Strengthening Programme for Agro-Pastoral Resilience in the face of Climate Change (RIMRAP) in Mauritania

3 February, 2021

Incatema Consulting & Engineering has successfully concluded with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Farming in Mauritania the Advisory Programme for the management and implementation of the Institutional Strengthening Programme for Agro-Pastoral Resilience in Mauritania, (RIMRAP in its French acronym). This Programme, funded by the European Commission and implemented by Spain’s International Cooperation Development Agency AECID in the form of Delegated Cooperation, was intended to improve the sustainable management of natural resources in the face of climate change.

“We must highlight the strengthening of the institutional capacities of both ministries, to support farmers and cattle-farmers in the adaptation of their agro-pastoral practices to climate change, strengthening the resilience of their production systems“, mentioned the Director of Consultancy of Incatema Consulting & Engineering, Ana Romero.

“Among the most pernicious effects of climate change in Mauritania, we would highlight the long droughts alternating with occasional floods, which destroy crops and pastures” she adds. The most severe consequences include the death of hundreds of animals through lack of food, loss of harvests and food insecurity for the population. “This represents a catastrophe for the population and a significant obstacle in the country’s development”.

Training and good practices to ensure the project’s continuity

As part of the training activities promoted by the company in the countries where it operates, Incatema has provided institutions, producers and cooperatives with the appropriate planning and management tools along with training in good agro-pastoral practices for adaptation to climate change.

Hereafter, the national ministries will be able to develop and put into practice their own adapted policies and programmes. Meanwhile, on a local level, it is expected that farmers and livestock farmers will strengthen their ability to adapt to respond to the risks and uncertainties generated by climate change.