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Climatelinks 2023 Year in Review: Blogs You May Have Missed

By Jamie Schoshinski

Climatelinks blogs provide valuable insight for the climate change and development community. With more than 150 blogs published in 2023 alone, it is easy for some to fly under the radar. 

Here are some Climatelinks blogs you may have missed in 2023: 

Progress Beyond Programs: Amping Up Clean Energy for Climate and Development

USAID’s energy programs work to build infrastructure that phases out fossil fuels and improves energy efficiency while expanding energy access to hard-to-reach places. The Agency supports competitive renewable energy auctions, renewable energy procurement plans, and power generation and transmission infrastructure initiatives. From the Philippines and South Africa to Mexico and Pakistan, USAID’s energy programs are helping countries withstand the effects of climate change and secure a net-zero emissions future. 

Boosting Women-Owned Small Businesses’ Competitiveness through Energy Efficiency

In Uganda, USAID’s Energy Empowers East Africa (EEEA) program is helping women entrepreneurs upgrade to more efficient and productive electric equipment and develop business plans that assess the cost and benefit of investing in these technologies.  The program also is developing new networks of women entrepreneurs who support each other. Through these efforts, EEEA is creating pathways to greater prosperity and a more energy-efficient future.

FEWS NET Taking “One Health” Approach to Assessing Climate-Sensitive Threats to Food Security, Human Well-Being

The COVID-19 pandemic is the latest reminder of the speed at which infectious diseases can develop, travel, and mutate, facilitated by a changing climate and biodiversity loss. Given the risks of infectious diseases, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) has initiated a pilot effort to incorporate early warning for climate- and environment-sensitive infectious diseases into its operational workstreams. In Somalia, FEWS NET aims to strengthen the collection of epidemiological, climate, and weather data to identify where and when to invest in future vaccination efforts, beginning with measles.

Conservation Agriculture a Saving Grace for the Kavango Region

In the Kavango Region of Namibia, reduced rainfall due to climate change hurts farmers’ livelihoods and increases food insecurity. To help those in the region, Resilient Waters spearheaded a climate adaptation initiative that equipped farmers with innovative, climate-smart skills to reduce the impacts of climate change. For example, Resilient Waters held trainings on Conservation Agriculture, a modern sustainable agriculture production technique that protects and preserves the soil and other natural resources. 

Livestock and Gender Research Lacks Climate Crisis Context

Published research on the intersection of gender, climate change, and livestock production in low- and middle-income countries is scarce. Various studies have found that women are more likely to suffer from the impacts of climate change and that traditional gender roles may impede the progress of improving livestock productivity, but few studies have looked at all aspects of this issue. Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems is working to expand the knowledge base and shine a light on this research gap to inspire new studies.

Here’s Why Securing Land Rights Matters for Our Planet

For nearly a decade, USAID and its partners have been using the Mapping Approaches for Securing Tenure (MAST) tool, which empowers local communities to swiftly and cost-effectively document and secure their land and resource rights compared to traditional methods. However,this MAST extends support to a range of development objectives beyond land and resource governance, including climate mitigation. The effective governance of land and natural resources can contribute to climate mitigation by safeguarding natural landscapes, conserving biodiversity, and limiting carbon emissions.

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Strategic Objective
Adaptation, Integration, Mitigation
Adaptation, Agriculture, Climate-Resilient Agriculture, Inclusive Development, Clean or Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Food Security, Gender and Social Inclusion, Health, Land Use, Land Tenure, Locally-Led Development, Resilience, Water Management

Jamie Schoshinski

Jamie Schoshinski is a Program Associate with Environmental Incentives, primarily supporting USAID’s Advancing Capacity for the Environment (ACE) project as a Climatelinks Content and Social Media Manager. Jamie has a Master’s in Environmental Policy from American University and a BA in English and Political Science from Temple University. 


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