Tools to Diagnose and Improve How Households Fare in Difficult Circumstances from Conflict to Climate Change
Definition: Household Resilience indicators serve to capture the capacities of families and communities to prepare for and to react to stressors and shocks in ways that limit vulnerability and promote sustainability.
Build on the best of current practices but in a fundamentally new way by streamlining and creating more pragmatic options so that resilience measurement is more easily measured and understood.
Distilling best practices and then streamlining so anyone can use and understand resilience metrics, a vital component of poverty reduction.
A Sample Of Global themes
- Shock and Risk
- Community and institutional Environment
- Living and working conditions
- Basic humans rights and equity
- Learning and innovation
- Services and infrastructure
- Resource Management
- Climate Change
- Producer Livelihood
- Other Resources
- CORE ELEMENTS
Water Conservation Measures
Practices used to conserve water: drip irrigation, catchments, water-efficient processing, etc.
Water Contamination Prevention Measures
Practices used to prevent water contamination from: crop processing wastewater, animals, domestic discharge, cleaning of agrochemical application equipment, etc.
Sequestration and Mitigation
Land Use Change
Conversion of natural land (e.g., prairie, forest, savanna) to land used for cultivation orpasture, or conversion from cultivated or pasture land to natural land
Energy sources, costs for purchasing or producing, and use (electricity, gasoline, LPG,
diesel, solar, wind, hydropower, wood from forests, prunings, managed woodlot, etc.)
Other climate mitigation and sequestration practices
Refers to practices from previous indicators: Forestation,Nutrient Balance and Fertilizer Use and Efficiency, Responsible Waste Management, Local Nutrient Cycle
Number, size, type of trees and other perennial woody plants
Producer's opinion on the value of environmental training programs: general perception of usefulness and indication of specific practices implemented as a direct result of training
Climate adaptation practices
Refers to practices from previous indicators: Soil and Water Conservation Measures, Species and Varietal Diversity.
Local nutrient cycle
Recycling of organic matter and crop wastes
Interplanting species for soil health, diversification, fertility
Severity and prevalence of observed erosion on farm (in relation to slope)
Integrated pest management
IPM practices employed on farm
Toxicity class of pesticides
Amount of active ingredients in pesticides by toxicity class
NPK use and efficiency
Nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium amounts in synthetic fertilizers used and compared
to focus crop yields - indicates both efficiency and potential pollution
Producer's method(s) to determine fertilizer needs (soil analysis report, advice or assessment of a professional, observation, knowledge of nutrient depletion by previous crop, etc.)
Responsible Waste Management
Materials recycled, reused, or disposed of properly
Trees per hectare
Density of trees in farm habitats
Number and types of trees planted or removed; land area altered by planting or removing
Plant and tree diversity
Levels of biodiversity: cleared land or pasture, monoculture, 2-3 cultivated species (sparse
trees), 4-10 cultivated species (some trees), crop presence with multi-strata forest, fully
functional natural forest; practices followed that preserve or enhance biodiversity
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- CORE ELEMENTS
Access to Credit
Producer indicates that he or she could access medium sized production loan within a reasonable time, if needed; potential source of the loan
Amount of credit received by a producer compared to the amount of credit requested (if
any); terms of the loan, repayment history
Number of agricultural productive assets (medium scale equipment and large vehicles), livestock, and hectares of land owned/rented, and relative value.
Type of savings tools implemented by the household and the corresponding amount saved (when applicable): investment in livestock/crops/material assets; participation in local savings group; money lending to others; money savings at home; savings at banks and formal institutions.
Access to savings
Availability (presence and affordability) of savings organizations in the community.
Portion of total production net income from focus crop, other crops, livestock activities, business activities.
Number of income sources
Number of other crops (including those intercropped with focus crop) cultivated by the household. Number of self-employed (e.g., taxi driver, plumber, technician, etc.), or business activities (e.g., convenience store, handcrafting, etc.) in which household is involved. Number of animal products (meat, dairy, wool, honey, etc.) produced on farm for sale or for consumption. Number of other sources of income for the household (gifts, remittances, land rental, etc.).
Net household income
Total household revenue less total costs for focus crop production, other crop and
livestock production costs, and costs for businesses run by household members
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