Climate Resilience

Climate change is a reality faced around the globe. The impacts of climate change especially affect agriculture and vulnerable groups which depend on it. Climate resilience is the ability to anticipate, absorb, accommodate, or recover from the effects of climate change and extreme weather events. In agriculture and in value chains, climate resilience generally refers to supporting proper land management  and soil and water conservation as to e.g. mitigate extreme weather events (drought, floods), to prevent soil erosion and run-off, to favor water absorption and soil humidity, to ensure organic matter content and to favor soil life and biodiversity. Climate resilience may also comprise the establishment of social systems able to mitigate the impacts of extreme events; e.g. through climate services, access to finance, crop insurance and lobby and advocacy for public support policies.

F&S aims to contribute to climate-resilient agricultural and food systems by sustainable agriculture and inclusive value chains. We provide a variety of services, including analysis of the impacts of climate change on agriculture and value chains, the development and support of strategies for climate mitigation and adaptation, and support to improve the access to finance and insurance. We do so e.g. through literature review, project formulation, stakeholder consultation, facilitation, capacity-building, financial service provision and monitoring and evaluation.

Examples

Étude de Vulnérabilité de l’Agriculture au Nord Côte d’Ivoire, centré sur le coton – BRL, 2020

Vulnerability assessment of agriculture and the cotton sector in Northern Côte d’Ivoire, including the impacts of climate change. Preparation for the formulation of a new AFD co-funded support programme. Interviews with stakeholders and in-country visits (Korhogo, Ferkessédougou, Boundiali, Mankono, Bouaké regions). Consultation workshop in Bouaké.

Consultant: Peter Ton

EU Forest For the Future Facility (F4) – Particip, 2020

Work in a team of climate and forestry experts experts to provide technical support to the Commission services (both Commission Headquarters and EU Delegations) and partner countries to ensure sustainable forest management, reduce deforestation/forest degradation, promote sustainable investments and decent jobs in partner countries.

Consultant: Jochem Schneemann

Intégration de la Résilience Climatique dans le Secteur Agro-pastoral au Niger – FAO, 2018

Mid-Term Review of the FAO/GEF project on the integration of climate resilience in agro-pastoral field schools in Niger. Interviews and in-country visits (Dosso, Tahoua, Maradi regions). Presentation of first results at FAO in Niamey.

Consultant: Peter Ton

Horn of Africa – Climate Change Programme (HoA-CCP) – DGIS, 2017

Mid-Term Review of the Dutch-funded regional programme on climate change adaptation and mitigation, landscapes, water, land and value chains. The programme was coordinated by the Horn of Africa – Regional Environment Centre and Network (HoA-REC&N) in six countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan). Interviews and in-country visits in Ethiopia (Gambella), Kenya (South Rift), Djibouti (Assamo), Somalia/Somaliland (Maroodi Jeex). Presentation of first results and outcomes at HoA-REC&N in Addis Ababa. Presentation of Draft report at DGIS.

Consultant: Peter Ton