Did you miss the Climatelinks August newsletter? We’ve got you covered. Please find a recap of the August 2021 ‘Cross-Links’ theme below. You won’t want to miss this short list of top programs, resources, and blogs from the month. Do you want to contribute to the Climatelinks community? Send us a resource, blog, or event.
In August, Climatelinks explored USAID’s climate work that has been featured on other “Links” sites.
Cross-sectoral climate action is essential for preparing communities around the world to manage the impacts of climate change and prevent worst-case climate scenarios. USAID’s work across numerous sectors helps countries achieve ambitious climate targets and aids in building the foundation for sustainable growth through natural climate solutions. This work is highlighted and disseminated through a family of “Links” sites, each emphasizing different areas of USAID’s programs, partners, and practitioners in international development.
This month, we highlighted climate-related work featured on different USAID Links sites. We posted blogs originating from Agrilinks highlighting Climate-Smart Innovations for Root, Tuber, and Banana Crops, as well as exploring how Low-Emissions Development Ensures Social Equity During Intensification. Additional blog posts featured Marketlinks, exploring the ENGIE Acquisition and Off-Grid Solar supported by USAID, as well as posts from Landlinks, highlighting how Land Titles Downstream Protect Forests Upstream in Cambodia. See more fresh blogs and resources from USAID’s other Links sites in this month’s newsletter.
On Earth Day 2021, USAID committed to develop a new Agency climate strategy that will guide the Agency’s efforts over the next decade. A draft of the climate strategy will soon be available for public feedback on this page. We will send a follow-up message when the draft is available. To learn more, please visit USAID’s climate strategy webpage, which includes a factsheet and Frequently Asked Questions document on the strategy process and next steps.
Climate-Smart Innovations for Root, Tuber, and Banana Crops: Towards a Food- and Nutrition-Secure Future
More than 300 million people living below the poverty line in developing countries depend on root, tuber, and banana crops for food and income, particularly in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. These crops are especially important for women who frequently are responsible for marketing these crops. To improve farmers’ capacities to produce more nutritious food in a climate-changing world, CGIAR and its many partners are undertaking groundbreaking research to improve crops, seed systems, pest and disease management, and postharvest innovations.
In Metro Manila, Philippines, women run neighborhood convenience stores, called sari-saris. Sari-sari stores are community mainstays that dot local streets and carry everything from daily food items to household goods. Women store owners earn income, while managing their own time and resources, and make it possible for locals to buy everyday goods in small, affordable quantities. Now, through a new waste-to-cash network, they are securing and creating a market for ubiquitous community plastic waste that also reduces the environmental impacts of plastics, cleans up communities, and puts cash back in the pockets of community members.
Menabe Antimena, Madagascar’s largest dry forest, is one of the many critical ecosystems that the USAID Hay Tao project is working to protect. USAID Hay Tao, part of the larger Conservation and Communities Project, is creating an enabling and empowering environment for effective community-based management and protection of Madagascar’s biodiversity and natural resources. The project focuses on reducing vulnerability to climate change, promoting sustainable natural resource management, and improving the conservation of the country's unique biodiversity.
Resilience Programming in Support of Reforestation: Emerging Lessons from Haiti
This brief focuses on three key lessons learned from the USAID Reforestation Project in Haiti—the importance of social capital for resilience, leveraging social capital to establish community buy-in, and linking resilience activities to specific shocks. The USAID Reforestation project team applied this learning to implement a refined reforestation approach, which may be relevant to other projects incorporating components of resilience-building, sustainable landscape management, and reforestation. The purpose of this brief is to document these insights and their relevance for this and other projects moving forward.
Applying the Innovation Adoption Measurement Approach to Strengthen Resilience Programming
This brief describes how projects in Mali and Haiti applied the Innovation Adoption Measurement Approach to support adaptive management on resilience-focused projects. This approach takes the findings from an innovation adoption assessment and identifies specific and actionable recommendations for targeting and improving the adoption of practices that strengthen resilience.
Where Land Meets The Sea: A Global Review of the Governance and Tenure Dimensions of Coastal Mangrove Forests
This review assesses how effectively the diversity of legal and policy frameworks, as well as institutional structures—formal and informal—enable mangrove governance across different settings. The review also examines the institutions and patterns of local management and use, including tenure rights and gender differentiation and how these local institutions might influence mangrove management and rehabilitation efforts. It is part of a larger study funded by the USAID Tenure and Global Climate Change Program that includes national-level assessments in Indonesia and Tanzania.
Climate Risk Management Spotlight
Climate Risk Management Increases Crop Yields and Strengthens Resilience in Kosovo
During its six years, the USAID Agricultural Growth and Rural Opportunities Activity solidified and sustained its achievements by fully integrating climate risk management (CRM) into its agricultural development approach. Through CRM, USAID’s process for identifying and mitigating climate threats in all sectors, this activity met its primary goals of boosting the competitiveness of Kosovo’s agriculture sector, raising farmer incomes, and generating new job opportunities.
On the Horizon
Share your resources or write a blog related to an upcoming monthly theme! Our August theme celebrates the Links family of websites, and September’s theme on Climate Finance. Let us know if your climate change work relates to these themes. We would love to feature your work and share your resources.
Climatelinks is a global knowledge portal for USAID staff, implementing partners, and the broader community working at the intersection of climate change and international development. The portal curates and archives technical guidance and knowledge related to USAID’s work to help countries mitigate and adapt to climate change.