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The availability of and access to food requires resilient food systems and value chains.

Food security is directly influenced by climate variability and, increasingly, by climate change. Periods of heavy rainfall, for example, can reduce crop yields and destroy critical infrastructure. Although some countries have established early warning systems to predict and prepare for periods of food insecurity caused by such events, overall, their current policies and measures tend to be reactive rather than preventative. This reactive approach is the result of limited knowledge about the underlying factors that enable food systems and communities to absorb climate shocks and stresses without undergoing emergency situations. For food systems and communities to be truly food secure and climate resilient, we require both a better understanding of these underlying factors and new ways to monitor how they change over time.

We seek to improve climate resilience and food security through an understanding of the factors that influence the resilience of food systems to climate shocks and stresses. Our experts develop practical indicators to monitor such factors at both the community and national levels. We also work with governments and communities to improve our understanding of how policies affect the climate resilience of food systems.

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    CRiSTAL Food Security 2.0 User's Manual. Community-based Risk Screening Tool - Adaptation and Livelihoods: Focus on Food System Resilience

    CRiSTAL Food Security 2.0 User's Manual. Community-based Risk Screening Tool - Adaptation and Livelihoods: Focus on Food System Resilience

    CRiSTAL Food Security is a decision-support tool for local-level government staff and development practitioners to support climate resilience of...

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    FIPAT Guidebook: Food Security Indicator & Policy Analysis Tool

    FIPAT Guidebook: Food Security Indicator & Policy Analysis Tool

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    Promoting an Integrated Approach to Climate Adaptation: Lessons from the coffee value chain in Uganda

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    Climate Resilience and Food Security: A framework for planning and monitoring

    Climate Resilience and Food Security: A framework for planning and monitoring

    This working paper was developed jointly by all partners of the Climate Resilience and Food Security in Central America (CREFSCA) project.

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    Services Trade Liberalization and Food Security: Exploring the links in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

    Services Trade Liberalization and Food Security: Exploring the links in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

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    Climate Risk Management for Sustainable Crop Production in Uganda: Rakai and Kapchorwa Districts

    Climate Risk Management for Sustainable Crop Production in Uganda: Rakai and Kapchorwa Districts

    Agriculture is the backbone of the Ugandan economy. Most of it is rain-fed and relies on limited external inputs, making the country very sensitive...

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    Climate Risk Management for Agriculture in Peru: Focus on the Regions of Junin and Piura

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    Climate Risk Management for Smallholder Agriculture in Honduras

    Climate Risk Management for Smallholder Agriculture in Honduras

    Agriculture is one of the most important economic sectors in Honduras, where rural poverty is high and food security fragile.One-third of Hondurans...

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    Climate Risk Management for Water and Agriculture in the Dominican Republic: Focus on the Yaque Del Sur Basin

    Climate Risk Management for Water and Agriculture in the Dominican Republic: Focus on the Yaque Del Sur Basin

    The Yaque del Sur watershed in the southwest of the Dominican Republic is already under severe water stress.The population of the area is much...

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    Food Price Inflation and Food Security: A Morocco case study

    Food Price Inflation and Food Security: A Morocco case study

    This report comes in the context of rising food prices and UN predictions of a looming global food crisis in 2013.Written at the request of Pulse...

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