A program in Uganda's Karamoja region is helping communities resolve conflict over grazing lands even as more intense drought increases pressure on these lands.
Climate Risk Management in Action
While USAID has recently systematized its approach to climate risk management, USAID has been managing climate risks for years. Older examples demonstrate the value of managing climate risks as well as effective approaches for doing so. More recent examples illustrate USAID’s CRM process and how our tools and other resources can be applied. Since CRM is an active process, the steps of assessing, addressing and adaptively managing climate risk span the lifetime of the programming. Furthermore, with development benefits and climate impacts playing out for years to come, USAID and its partners will be learning about CRM best practices over time. If you have feedback on the process or results, please fill out this feedback survey.
USAID staff may consult internal agency resources for examples of climate risk assessment documentation.
The new global Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Project was one of the first activities to undergo USAID’s CRM process. The resulting extensive climate risk assessment highlighted the need to include strategies, interventions and assessments to build climate resilience both into program implementation and among beneficiaries in activity design.
Climate risk management is woven throughout the design of a new USAID/Philippines fisheries protection project, which will improve fisheries productivity and increase the resiliency of fishing communities.
A USAID/Haiti Water, Sanitation and Hygiene activity aims to increase sustainable access to water and sanitation services. The activity is pursuing multiple measures to address risks such as contamination of raw water supplies, damage to infrastructure and flooding of latrines due to more variable precipitation patterns and extreme events by, for example, ensuring the construction is resilient to expected climate impacts.
Climate change was included in the regular steps of creating a new USAID country strategy in Zimbabwe, which resulted in a stronger strategy. In the health sector, for example, the strategy calls for enhanced surveillance to monitor malaria, as changing average temperatures may spread the prevalence of mosquitoes to new regions of the country.
In Haiti and Dominica, infrastructure improvements were made that resulted in communities being more resilient to climate impacts.
USAID/Uganda’s Commodity Production and Marketing activity has taken a climate-smart agriculture approach that has lead to farmers adopting climate-resilient practices and technologies. This approach has contributed to increased yields and reductions in post-harvest losses.
USAID/Senegal’s Naatal Mbay has taken a climate-smart agriculture approach that has, as an example, increased use of daily and seasonal rainfall data to help manage production risks from rainfall variability and drought.
The Assets and Market Access Innovation Lab leads research to help smallholder farmers in developing countries manage production risks and adopt improved agricultural technologies and practices. Areas of work include development of insured loans and index-based crop insurance.