Vulnerability to Climate Change: Adaptation Strategies and Layers of Resilience

Published on 28 April 2010

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Start Date: 2 May 2008 | End Date: 30 April 2011

Overview

Project: Expected outputs: improved understanding of climate variability and adaptation-coping strategies of the rural poor in SAT region, best practices and institutional innovations for mitigating the effects of climate change, strategies to address socioeconomic problems relating to changing weather patterns and availability of a range of initiatives for their alleviation.  Research includes collection and analysis of secondary data on weather parameters, and on cropping patterns, incomes, employment, consumption levels, enterprise economics; survey and comparison of farmers’ perceptions about climate change and variability compared with detailed trend analyses of long-term climate data from nearby stations; adaptation of suitable models to determine relationships between weather parameters, cropping patterns, productivity and income levels; documentation of changes, if any, related to climate variability; and report of the cause-and-effect relationships between changes in cropping patterns and productivity levels on one hand, and the changes in weather parameters, length of growing period, policy changes and institutional innovations on the other; assessment and analysis of past and present adaptation practices, using a social lens, along with biophysical lens to identify what works and what does not; identifying the role of social institutions, social capital and social networks in adaptation processes and practices; mapping alternate channels and institutional arrangements for strategies and mechanisms to mitigate the effects of climate change, collection of data on supplementary farm and non-farm enterprises from a sample of households in target locations; analysis of data using economic tools and assessing the viability of different alternative enterprise; assessing the optimum-mix of farm and non-farm enterprises to maximize the returns to fixed factors and to minimize risk; preparing policy briefs and conducting policy workshops.

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