Save the Children will protect 363,000 people with anticipation and early response to droughts

  • February 22, 2022
  • Area: Climate change and DRM, Protection

It seeks to develop with SENAMHI a tool that manages local information to provide assistance in the regions of Huancavelica and Junín.

Between 2003 and 2021, in the regions of Huancavelica and Junín, 474 drought emergencies were recorded, which caused some 47,189 livestock losses and affected 23,304 hectares of crops in Huancavelica, as well as another 72,845 livestock losses and 9,959 hectares of crops affected in Junín .

The losses and damages are not only material, but are also related to the living conditions of the population, whose levels of poverty and extreme poverty in 2021 reached 47.7% in Huancavelica (which ranks first in the country) and Junin with 31.4%. In addition to limited access to basic services, which makes it necessary to take early action to reduce the negative impact of threats such as droughts, which, if they occur, would have a great impact on the health and livelihoods of communities.

It should be noted that the adverse effects of this climatic event have an impact on agriculture, livestock and the family economy, having implications for the well-being and development of children and adolescents.

In order to generate information in advance of 15 to 30 days on extreme weather events, specifically droughts, it is proposed to use an interactive online panel as a useful tool. This will be developed by the technical offices of SENAMHI with the support of Save the Children.

This tool will have local information for early decision making. Likewise, it seeks to incorporate non-structural indicators (access to schools, levels of violence, access to services, etc.) in the drought impact alerts. The expected achievement is to protect 363,725 people with anticipation and early response actions. Among them, 195,707 agricultural producers, grouped in 451 associations. Additionally, it is projected that, in the process of developing the tool, around 60 officials and local leaders in both regions will be trained.

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