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Dimitra Clubs – Enhancing the resilience of rural men and women through community mobilization


Tuesday 13 June 2017 - 14.30-16.00 CEST (UTC+2)



Yannick De Mol, Project Officer, FAO Dimitra
Andrea Sánchez Enciso, Gender, women's leadership and participatory communication specialist, FAO


Etienne Juvanon Du Vachat, Resilience Expert, FAO



Strengthening the resilience of rural households, communities and institutions is essential to eradicate hunger and malnutrition. In resilience-related work, the social dimension should be systematically included to prevent and mitigate the effects of shocks and crises in the life of men and women of rural communities. This dimension relates to gender equality, participation, social cohesion, communication, access to information, etc.

To this end, FAO developed and implemented a community-driven approach, named ‘Dimitra Clubs’, to empower rural people. The Dimitra Clubs are groups of women, men and young people who decide to organize themselves so as to work together to bring about changes in their communities. They meet regularly to discuss the challenges they face in their daily lives, make decisions and take collective action to resolve their problems.

In this process, rural radio stations are used as a relay to increase the communication flow, provide access to knowledge and raise awareness on themes that have been identified and requested by the clubs themselves (food security and nutrition, access to water, land, sanitation, health, gender roles and relations, climate change adaptation in agriculture, conflict resolution, etc.).

This webinar will give an overview of the implementation of the Dimitra Clubs approach, highlight its results and impacts on the resilience of rural men and women’s livelihoods, and discuss with the audience its replicability and potential for upscaling.

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