Global climate change poses great risks to poor people whose livelihoods depend directly on agriculture, forestry, and other natural resources. Large-scale movement of populations out of marginal areas will create stress even in areas that are not negatively affected directly by climate change.
FSG analyzes the complex interrelations between climate change and agricultural growth, food security, and natural resource sustainability.
Responses to climate change need to occur on several levels, including crop- and farm-level adaptations, national-level agriculture-related policies and investments, and regional and global policies and investments. Adaptation strategies include infrastructure investment, water-allocation reform, altered land use, modification in land-tenure rules, and changes in food trade. In its pilot country-level research programs, FSG works with local partners and stakeholders to characterize household resilience and vulnerability to climate change through focus-group interviews and workshops. FSG analyzes scenarios for vulnerable areas. Its assesses the effectiveness and relative costs and benefits of response options and adaptation strategies.
Research results provide policy-makers and stakeholders in developing countries with the tools for making informed decisions about adapting to climate change.