Climate change and variability: What are the risks for nutrition, diets, and food systems?

By Jessica Fanzo, Rebecca McLaren, Claire Davis, and Jowel Choufani

The paper uses a food systems approach to analyze the bidirectional relationships between climate change and food and nutrition along the entire food value chain. It then identifies adaptation and mitigation interventions for each step of the food value chain to move toward a more climate-smart, nutrition-sensitive food system. The study focuses on poor rural farmers, a population especially vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change on nutrition, although we recognize that there are other vulnerable populations, including urban poor and rural populations working outside of agriculture. Although this report does not explicitly exclude overweight and obesity, it focuses primarily on undernutrition because this nutritional status is currently more prevalent than overnutrition among our target population.

Building Resilience in the Face of Climate Change and Weather Shocks – UPDATED

Building Resilience in the Face of Climate Change and Weather Shocks - Organized by IFPRI and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs “We have a broken food system today… Climate change is simply a threat-intensifier; it is making what is already perilous even more difficult.” - Rachel Kyte, Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change with the World Bank   Featuring high level speakers and perspectives on climate change, this IFPRI event is available to watch here. Further IFPRI analysis of the event is available here.      

Analysing climate resilience within the climate-smart agriculture concept

By Cecilia Schubert, CCAFS

Senior researcher Alex De Pinto from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) recently took the stage at the high-level event Building resilience for food and nutrition security arguing that making sweeping statements on which climate-smart agriculture practice is preferable to another, given a set context, is extremely difficult. De Pinto also made the case that we need start differentiate between the two terms “climate resilience building” and “climate adaptation”, especially when talking about climate-smart agriculture.

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Project: Increasing women’s resilience to climate change

What is the challenge? In recent years there has been considerable attention to "gender and climate change," focusing particularly on the adverse impacts of climate change on women. However, these studies often lack a systematic empirical basis (beyond localized or anecdotal examples); where data are available, they too are often limited to comparison of male-headed and female-headed households. A further weakness is that many studies portray women as victims of climate change, without examining the extent to which women and men can be proactive in adapting to the adverse consequences of climate change or mitigating climate change. This study aims to address these oversights. The study will also provide information on the awareness and adoption of "Climate-Smart Agriculture practices" by men and women.

Can climate-smart agriculture also be resilient?

By Dhanush Dinesh, CCAFS

What is resilience? Why is it relevant for agriculture in a changing climate? Report back from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 2020 Conference, ‘Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security’.

Resilience is the ability of individuals, communities, states and their institutions to predict, prevent, cope with, recover, and even prosper after shocks and crises. In the context of food and nutrition security, shocks such as droughts, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, and conflicts can affect the food and nutrition security of individuals, communities, and states.

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Strategising a new approach to crop insurance in India

By Dharini Parthasarathy, CCAFS

At a recent workshop, senior government officials, researchers and industry representatives brainstormed about how insurance can serve farmers better. They came up with recommendations that can help in a new crop insurance program.

Superficial tweaks in existing agriculture insurance policies will not achieve our desired results: to protect farmers against crop losses. We need to fix the bottlenecks that have persistently plagued agriculture insurance for decades, said PK Mishra, Director General, Gujarat Disaster Management Authority. He delivered the opening talk at the workshop on ‘National Crop Insurance Program (NCIP): Challenges and Opportunities’ organised by CCAFS and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), in New Delhi on April 1, 2014.

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