World Vision Mauritania

Livelihood and Resilience

What we want to do: 

We want to increase the number of children who are well nourished. We are working towards this by:

  • Increasing household income
  • Improving household food security
  • Improving families’ abilities to cope with emergencies
  • Improving on-farm and off-farm management of natural resources

What is the problem? 

Although agriculture continues to be the main source of income for the majority of the population in Mauritania, the country is only able to produce about 40% of the national food needs, in a good year. The rest of the food must be imported. Despite the number of people working in agriculture, antiquated techniques and rain-dependent processes, limited access to agricultural inputs and recurrent droughts reduce the number of food families can produce. This situation, coupled with the low assigned value and uneducated status of women in Mauritania, excludes a large proportion of adults from the workforce.

How is World Vision addressing the issues? 

We are helping families increase and diversify their income streams by providing training in income generating activities and savings groups, with a special focus on including women in these activities. 

Is what World Vision doing working? 

Yes! Increased access to savings groups is equipping more women to pursue income-generating activities 2017 saw 8,444 women earning supplementary income which they could then use to provide more nutritious food for their children, pay school fees and/or buy school supplies.

What’s the impact?*

-The number of savings groups has grown significantly from 37 in 2015 to 282 in 2017

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