Participatory vulnerability assessment and climate adaptation planning for food security and nutrition in East Africa

Local governments will have a central role to play in implementing adaptation measures which help reduce people's vulnerability to climate impacts, especially in relation to food security and nutrition. One challenge, then, is to develop tools which better comprehend the food security and nutrition dynamics of vulnerability. Another is to incorporate these into an analysis which is grounded in the specific priorities of local contexts, can be conducted quickly, with limited resources and carried out not by specialist researchers but by government employees (with minimal training).

In collaboration with Bioversity International, the Climate Change Team at IDS is designing a participatory vulnerability analysis toolkit which attempts to fit this bill. The work builds upon a toolkit that IDS created for Mexico's National Commission for Protected Natural Areas (CONANP), in work funded by GIZ (documentation currently in Spanish only). It will be field-tested in Tanzania in September 2013.

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Project Dates:
December 2012 - December 2013
Project Status:
Total project value:
$ 70,000
Bioversity International
Research Themes / Programmes:
Climate Change
Food Security

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