Through its three areas of activity, Acting for Life is pursuing its commitment to the climate and the ecological transition.

With no country spared from the consequences of climate change, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) predicts that there will be 250 million climate refugees in the world by 2050. Mainly located in Africa and Latin America, the most vulnerable populations will bear the brunt of the consequences. Added to this is a situation made more complex by economic, social and gender inequalities at a global level.

This is an essential step towards climate justice, even though the richest industrialised countries are historically responsible for global warming[1]. And the consequences of climate change will intensify dramatically in countries that do not bear responsibility for the current and future situation.

Faced with the threat that climate change poses to our societies, Acting for Life is aware of the need to rethink the organisational model of those involved in international solidarity. To meet this challenge, since COP 2015, Acting for Life has been committed to analysing its practices and moving them towards a more sustainable model.

  • AFL is involved in the think tank of the French NGO network, Coordination SUD, to reflect on and improve the environmental practices of international solidarity actors;
  • AFL has carried out an inventory to measure the carbon footprint of its operational activities, including the travel of its teams in France and in the countries where it operates;
  • AFL has put in place a policy of recycling and reducing waste at its head office, and has produced a guide to good practice to be followed in its activities in the field;
  • AFL has been working to raise awareness among its teams and partner organisations. To this end, the NGO has identified a climate coordinator and set up a working group to reflect across the board on how to improve actions in the field and global practices.

  • Acting for Life is pursuing its commitment to the climate and the ecological transition. On the one hand, it is identifying actions that are specific to its operations and on which it can reduce its negative impact (reducing the carbon footprint by optimising local and international travel, reducing energy consumption at head office, etc.). Secondly, it is working to improve the positive impact of its projects, which are at the heart of its activities.


    By supporting livestock mobility, an intrinsic condition for the ruminant livestock sector in West Africa, Acting for Life is promoting a beef production system that is resilient to climate change, adapted to the specific features of fodder production in the Sahel, and helps to maintain biodiversity. Through transhumance, cattle maintain the savannah rangelands, stabilising the herbaceous layer and encouraging tree regeneration. Tropical savannahs have a greater capacity to sequester carbon in the soil than any other ecosystem. When livestock mobility is preserved, herds play a protective role in dryland ecosystems, making them more resilient. Conversely, when natural pastures are converted into agricultural land, these benefits are lost. Emissions from livestock are offset by carbon sequestration in the soil and vegetation. All in all, transhumant livestock farming comes close to carbon neutrality.

    Food Systems and Ecosystems

    To meet the challenge of feeding towns and cities with local, high-quality produce, Acting for Life is helping small-scale producers and processors to produce in a sustainable way that takes account of environmental issues, and to set up short marketing channels. In this way, producers and processors improve the quality of their products and gain access to certification, adding value to their products. By including an agro-ecological dimension in cultivation practices and preserving ecosystems, family farming develops new systems that are more resilient to the effects of climate change and increases the positive impact on the environment (better soil and water management, reduced air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, protection and preservation of biodiversity, etc.), while improving income from marketing products.

    Formation et Insertion Professionnelle

    In the countries where Acting for Life operates, the challenges of the ecological and climatic transition are generating new training needs and creating opportunities for professional integration in many sectors of activity. The training and professional and social integration projects run by the association are part of this ecological transition through the agricultural (agro-ecology) and food sectors, the building and public works sector (eco-construction, photovoltaic electricity, use of local materials) and by teaching how to preserve natural ecosystems.

    [1] According to GIEC reports (Groupe d’experts intergouvernemental sur l’évolution du climat).