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Building a more resilient future in Peru

By Practical Action On 04.12.2023 Climate changeBlog

In June 2023, we started an important project in Peru to handle climate risks and improve farming in Cajamarca, Lambayeque, and La Libertad. Backed by BHA/USAID, this two-year project focuses on making communities and local governments stronger in facing natural hazards. 

Our mission and partners 

Our main aim is to make local and national governments better at dealing with disaster risks. This includes making plans for disasters, training people to respond, introducing important technologies, and protecting the livelihoods of families at risk.  

We’re working together with people and groups at all levels, including the National Disaster Risk Management System, regional governments, and specific groups like the National Institute of Civil Defense and the National Center for Estimation, Prevention and Reduction of Disaster Risk. 

Two resilient men standing in front of a wall with a map of Peru.

Our project staff plan disaster risk reduction activities in the project area.

Focus areas 

1. Policy and practice

Aim: Make local communities and governments better at handling and recovering from disasters. 

Where: In the regions of Cajamarca, Lambayeque, and La Libertad. 

2. Farming

Aim: Help small farmers deal with weather problems like floods, droughts, and cold snaps. 

How: Improve their skills and methods for farming that can stand up to climate changes. 

3. Free technology

Aim: Lessen the damage from climate dangers by providing free technology and training for early warning systems. 

How: Get communities involved in early warnings and work with different groups to keep these efforts going. 

An aerial view of a resilient town nestled in the mountains of Peru.

The mountainous terrain of Chilete District in Cajamarca makes it vulnerable to natural hazards.

The mountainous terrain of Chilete District in Cajamarca makes it vulnerable to natural hazards. 

Our project fits with the national plans for handling disaster risks up to 2050 and aims to build stronger communities and sustainable growth in these areas at risk. By working closely with local communities and governments, we’re committed to making a real difference in how Peru handles climate risks and improves its farming for the better. 

We’re teaming up with people around the world to predict and prepare for natural hazards, to minimise the impact on their lives and livelihoods and reduce the risk of disasters. Find out more about our work building resilience that protects and visit our project page.