Natural Resource Management and Adaptation to Climate Change

Climate Smart Agriculture

The website of the climate-smart agriculture approach is an entry point for essential information on how to make agriculture, forestry and fisheries part of the solution to the negative impacts of climate change. It also offers a space for those who work on climate-smart practices to share documents, exchange information and views on what works and what doesn't when adapting to climate change and mitigating green house gases in the agriculture sector.

Climate Change and Food Security: HLPE consultation on the V0 draft of the Report

The challenges of climate change to food security are multidimensional and assessing them requires some appraisal of issues such as identifying the most affected vulnerable regions and populations and the interface between climate change and agricultural productivity. The current draft aims at providing guidance for developing nationally-relevant policies and programmes.
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Nakashima, D.J., Galloway McLean, K., Thulstrup, H.D., Ramos Castillo, A. and Rubis, J.T. 2012. Weathering Uncertainity: Traditional Knowledge for Climate Change Assessment and Adaptation. UNESCO and UNU-IAS (2012)

When considering climate change, indigenous peoples and marginalized populations warrant particular attention. Impacts on their territories and communities are anticipated to be both early and severe due to their location in vulnerable environments. There is therefore a need to understand the specific vulnerabilities, adaptation capacities and longer-term aspirations of indigenous peoples and marginalized communities the world over. Indigenous and traditional knowledge contribute to this broader understanding.


This video by the Ford Foundation looks at the African Women Leaders in Agriculture & Environment (AWLAESM) program, which created a critical mass of African women who are now leaders in the fields of agriculture and environment, two of the most important sectors across the continent.

Climate change - Resources

Examples of Approaches

Climate and Development Knowledge Network,

ODI Overseas Development Institute

ODI's research on climate change focuses on two main areas.

The first is trying to identify how increasing knowledge of the science of climate change impacts can be used to understand potential implications for developing countries, particularly in social, economic and political terms. This builds on our existing research to develop an understanding of the consequences of short-term shocks, such as natural disasters and long-term stresses, including reduced crop yields that could increase the vulnerability of the poor in the context of a changing climate.

The second looks at how to ensure that emerging climate change mitigation and adaptation policies work for the poor. Current areas of interest include understanding the implications of emerging markets, such as carbon trading and biofuels, for developing countries.

The ODI Water Policy Programme links high quality research with practical policy advice on water issues with a bearing on poverty. Our aim is to provoke, contribute to and influence debates on water and sanitation through collaboration with a wide variety of government, donor, civil society and private sector partners.

ODI on Sustainable Agriculture:

Integrating water concerns into agriculture and environmental programming 

CRS is now working to better integrate water concerns into agriculture and environmental activities in both policy and programming.

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(is also available in French and Spanish)

Strategies for Sustainable Coffee

Coffee production is important to both the economies and ecologies of the regions in which it is produced. This poster looks at how CRS is providing support for coffee-based livelihoods to promote sustainable coffee production.

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CRS helps farmers understand impact of climate change on coffee growing in Central America

This one-pager showcases a CRS project called "Coffee Under Pressure (CUP)" that is helping coffee growing communities in Central America to adapt to climate change in order to ensure sustainable development. The project is the outcome of a CRS study that helped the organization predict the impact that climate change will have on coffee crops in the region.

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