Strategies for Adapting to Climate Change in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa: Targeting the Most Vulnerable

Published on 21 May 2010

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Start Date: 1 May 2008 | End Date: 30 April 2011


The goal of this project is to reduce the vulnerability of rural households to climate change through better-coordinated and targeted food system adaptation strategies and to provide regional organizations, policymakers and farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa with tools to identify and implement appropriate adaptation strategies.

The outputs of the project are the following:

1. Set of alternative global change scenarios, based on projected changes in climate, land use, socio-economic factors, and alternative policies.

2. Typology of production systems that integrates biophysical and socio-economic factors, including intensity of production, land use, cropping/livestock systems, and a range of food security indicators.

3. Household-level impact and response matrix by production system under alternative global change scenarios.

4. Micro-level adaptation analysis to support regional/meso-level analysis (selected ASARECA and FANRPAN member countries).

5. Robust framework to support policy decisions, which indicates regions and groups to be targeted as well as the appropriate adaptation strategies for target groups/regions based on the matrix of household-level impacts and responses, and associated investment requirements. 6. Synthesis reports and manuals for policymakers, outreach, and capacity development. 

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