R4 Rural Resiliance Initiative Expansion

The World Food Programme and the United States Agency for International Development join together with Oxfam America and Swiss Re in a public private partnership to help the rural poor in Africa to protect their crops and livelihoods from climate variability.

R4 Rural Resiliance Initiative Expansion

In 2011, USAID, Swiss Re, UN World Food Program, and Oxfam America committed to expand the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative from Ethiopia to Senegal over the next five years to help the poor protect their crops and livelihoods from the impacts of climate variability and change. R4 will enable poor farmers in Senegal to strengthen their food and income security by managing risks through a four-part approach - improving natural resource management (community risk reduction), accessing microcredit ("prudent" risk taking), gaining insurance coverage (risk transfer), and increasing savings (risk reserves).

USAID contributed US$ 8 million to support the expansion to Senegal and the global development of the initiative. Swiss Re supports the R4 initiative as the exclusive insurance sector partner and planned to lead the design and implementation of risk transfer solutions. These innovative solutions form part of a comprehensive risk management program that will give thousands of poor, small-holder farmers the means to manage weather vulnerability and enable the risk-taking essential to economic development. Swiss Re will contribute US$ 1.25 million to the initiative.

R4 builds upon the highly successful growth of a multi-year pilot in Ethiopia known as the Horn of Africa Risk Transfer for Adaptation (HARITA) project, which involved a network of global and local partners including Oxfam America, Swiss Re, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Relief Society of Tigray, Dedebit Credit and Savings Institution, Nyala Insurance Company, Africa Insurance Company and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University.


  • Swiss Re

    Investment & Finance
    Switzerland | Staff size: 10,000+

    Schweizerische Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft AG (Swiss Re AG) is a wholesale provider of reinsurance, insurance and other insurance-based forms of risk transfer. Dealing direct and...

  • World Food Programme (WFP)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: 5001-10,000

    The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. On average, WFP aims to bring food assistance to more than 80 million people in 75 countries....

  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • Oxfam America

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 251-500

    Oxfam America is an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice.

    In addition to its Boston-based...

Key Information

LocationWest Africa, Ethiopia, Senegal, Eastern Africa
  • Start Date 2011
  • End Date 2016
  • ValueUSD 9.25 Million