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Food and resource rights

Trócaire's Resource Rights programme strives to ensure that those in need have access to, control over and the ability to effectively protect and use critical resources, in particular land and water.

Sospeter Njeru displays a pawpaw from his harvest in Ishiara parish Kenya where Trócaire has funded irrigation

Sospeter Njeru displays a pawpaw from his harvest in Ishiara parish, Kenya, where Trócaire is funding irrigation.

Key Facts

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people directly benefited from our resource rights programmes around the world last year

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families across Kenya, Honduras and Rwanda reported increased crop yields due to our support

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families across Ethiopia, Kenya, Honduras and Zimbabwe secured access to water with our support

How we support people to access essential resources

Every person has a right to food and water, yet too often these basic rights are denied. In a world of plenty, one in nine people do not have enough food to eat, while millions are denied access to land and water. Drought and other extreme weather patterns linked to climate change are ravaging livelihoods across the countries where Trócaire works.

  • Trócaire supports people to obtain legal protection of their land and natural resources to ensure that they have food, water and a secure place to live with independence.
  • We work with families to sustainably grow a wider range of food crops, so that their diet is nutritious and they are not reliant on one crop for their livelihood.
  • When disasters such as floods and drought strike, we help families to recover, while in the long term seeking a just international response to climate change and the devastation it is causing.

Examples of our recent impact:

In 2016/17, our livelihoods and resource rights work benefited approximately 688,000 people globally:

  • Across Kenya, Honduras and Rwanda, 24,962 families reported increased crop yields last year as a result of our support.
  • In many countries we focus particularly on supporting women to have greater control over food cropping, household nutrition and decision making. In Guatemala, for example, 60 per cent of women we support stated that they now have a say in the use and management of the family land, while female-headed households in communities where we work have boosted their food consumption by almost 50 per cent.
  • In the communities where we work in Nicaragua, the median annual income from agricultural production increased from $396 to $1,065 for male headed households and from $218 to $970 for female headed households.
  • Trócaire also supports initiatives which give families access to credit they can use to generate further income. A total of 20,637 families in Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda accessed credit as a ;result of these programmes last year.
  • In Rwanda 2,302 families received loans to help them invest in their farms.
  • In Kenya, millet production rose by 127 per cent in communities where we work as a result of improved access to irrigation and water systems.
  • Across four countries – Ethiopia, Kenya, Honduras and Zimbabwe – our programmes secured access to water for over 9,500 families.
  • In Guatemala 386 families gained access to land under collective titles and 28 indigenous communities secured legal ownership of their land.

Updates on our food and resource rights work