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.
Measuring Local Food Systems’ Resilience: Lessons learned from Honduras and Nicaragua
Climate variability and change are already affecting food security of vulnerable populations.Poor communities are particularly exposed to climate...Read More
IISD Input to the CFS-RAI E-Consultation
This note summarizes IISD’s contribution to the Committee on World Food Security’s e-consultation on the zero draft of the principles for...Read More
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...Read More
FIPAT Guidebook: Food Security Indicator & Policy Analysis Tool
The relationship between climate resilience, food security and the policies and actions of multiple levels of government is complex.Government...Read More
Promoting an Integrated Approach to Climate Adaptation: Lessons from the coffee value chain in Uganda
Relatively little has been done to date to support climate adaptation along entire value chains.Yet to secure sustainable investments in value...Read More
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.Read More
Services Trade Liberalization and Food Security: Exploring the links in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
Food security remains a major policy concern for many governments the world over.Global climate change, rising demand for food as a result of...Read More
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...Read More
Climate Risk Management for Agriculture in Peru: Focus on the Regions of Junin and Piura
Agriculture employs about a third of the population in the Peruvian regions of Junín and Piura, with the former known as the food basket of the...Read More
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...Read More