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Resilient Livelihoods Course


Majority of the rural poor households rely heavily on their local environments for their survival. These vital resources provide the backbone of many rural livelihoods and their stability is key to securing the wellbeing of their entire communities. Disasters and food insecurity are directly interconnected. They interrupt agricultural production activities, market access, trade and food supply while reducing income and savings and eroding livelihoods. Drought, plant pests and diseases, animal diseases and food contamination have a direct economic impact; they reduce farm production adversely affect prices, trade and market access and by extension, contributing to reduced incomes and unemployment. Disasters create a poverty traps and increase the prevalence of food insecurity and malnutrition. Disaster risk reduction is about protecting people’s livelihoods from shocks, and strengthening their capacity to absorb the impact of, and recover from, disruptive events. It is a necessary a major ingredient of food and nutrition security. Disaster risk reduction creates a multiplier effect that accelerates the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal 1: the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger.


5 days


This course is intended for various actors in the agriculture such as agricultural extension officials, policy makers as well as other professional working in disaster preparedness and response with the governments, funding agencies, research organizations and non-government organizations among others for Agriculture support activities and other Development programmes.


By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  • Understand various terms in food security and risk reduction
  • Gain better understanding of sanitation as well as knowledge and practices of health and hygiene
  • Understand how to improve household food production and consumption (dietary diversity) even at the middle of disaster.
  • Plan how to put up agricultural infrastructure and adopt to agricultural practices that contributes to resilience.
  • Improve home-based livelihood opportunities for the rural poor. Develop and strengthen community-based livelihoods management and disaster preparedness and response mechanisms


Threats to food and nutrition security

  • Natural hazards (drought, floods, tsunamis, hurricanes/typhoons, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides)
  • Socio-economic crises (e.g. volatility in agricultural commodity markets and soaring food prices)
  • Environmental conditions such as land degradation, desertification and water scarcity
  • Climate change(increase in the frequency and intensity of weather related hazards)
  • Food chain emergencies of trans boundary threats

Effects of climate change and disaster risks on:

  • Agricultural productivity
  • Production stability
  • Farmers’ incomes

Disaster Risk Reduction for food and nutrition security

  • Critical roles of early warning systems
  • Risk detection, mitigation and prevention measures
  • Importance of mitigation and risk prevention measures
  • Importance of risk preparedness, improved monitoring of emerging threats and communication to food nutrition security

Approaches and practices for building resilient livelihoods

  • Postharvest Management
  • Livelihoods diversification
  • Crop diversification
  • Integrated pest management
  • Natural resource management

Enabling environment for resilient livelihoods

  • Legal policy framework
  • Institutional structures and coordination
  • Capacity development and local support


Participants should be reasonably proficient in English. Applicants must live up to Indepth Research Services (IRES) admission criteria.


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Services (IRES) certificate.


The training is residential and will be held at IRES Training Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

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Mob: +254 715 077 817

Tel: 020 211 3814


This training can also be customized for your institution upon request to a minimum of 4 participants. You can have it delivered in our training centre or at a convenient location.

For further inquiries, please contact us on Tel: +254 715 077 817, +254 (020) 211 3814 or mailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B 16th September 2019.

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Payment for the all courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable, and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.

1.    Participants may cancel attendance 14 days or more prior to the training commencement date.

2.    No refunds will be made 14 days or less to the training commencement date. However, participants who are unable to attend may opt to attend a similar training at a later date, or send a substitute participant provided the participation criteria have been met.

Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.

Event Properties

Event Duration 5 Days
Event Date 23-09-2019
Event End Date 27-09-2019
Cut off date 16-09-2019
Individual Price(Kenyan) KES 75,000
Individual Price (International) EUR 1,012
Individual Price(International in Dollars) USD 1,000
Location Nairobi, Kenya
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