Planning adaptation for food and farming: lessons from 40 years’ research

16 August 2012 | Downloads - publication

By Hannah Reid, IIED Local farmers and pastoralists in poor countries have long coped with droughts, floods and variable rainfall patterns. 

This first-hand experience is invaluable for those working on climate change adaptation policies, but how do we access it? IIED has 40 years’ experience working alongside vulnerable communities to help inform regional, national and global policies. Our research has shown that measures to increase climate change resilience must view food, energy, water and waste management systems as interconnected and mutually dependent. This holistic approach must also be applied to economic analysis on adaptation planning. Similarly, it is vital to use traditional knowledge and management skills, which can further support adaptation planning. Taking these lessons into account, we can then address the emerging policy challenges that we face.