Enhance the adaptive capacity to climate change of small-scale farmers and pastoralists in the arid and semi-arid regions of Burkina Faso, Ghana and Kenya.
About the project
Increasing climate variability is affecting the livelihoods of many communities in developing countries. Policies aimed at climate change adaptation and mitigation are formulated and implemented in many of these countries, but often without much attention to the role that local people can and should play. This project concentrates on the importance of local level involvement in enhancing the resilience of people’s livelihoods. It focuses in particular on improving inclusiveness, participation and conflict-sensitivity of climate change interventions that are directed at farmers and pastoralists. The role of groups, which are marginalized based on distinctions of gender, generation, ethnicity or class, will receive special attention.
Smart and effective policies build on a thorough awareness of complex realities. This project brings together different scientific schools of thought to achieve a better understanding of the links between community participation in development, local power and conflict dynamics, climate change interventions and people’s adaptive capacity. As a second step, the project will contribute to the formulation of community-smart climate change adaptation policies and develop applicable tools and outputs for both practitioners and policy makers. All this will be achieved in close connection with the communities, policy-makers and practitioners that participate in the research. The ambition of the team is that, as a result of the research and its capacity building activities, marginalised groups will be better able to define their priorities while higher level policies will be better informed by local realities.
IDS UU (project leader), CCAFS (CGIAR), INERA (Burkina Faso), CARE International & Ghana, CSIR-SARI (Ghana), and ILEPA (Kenya)