Climate Integration Case Study: Assets and Market Access Innovation Lab
Climate variability and change is one of many challenges that USAID development projects are addressing. This case study series explores how USAID activities in various sectors and regions address this challenge.
The Assets and Market Access Innovation Lab (2012-2018), managed by the University of California, Davis, with funding from USAID’s Bureau for Food Security, leads research to help smallholder farmers in developing countries manage production risks, adopt improved agricultural technologies and practices, and contribute to their country’s economic growth.
The Lab recognizes that climate risks may pose challenges that are not addressed by other risk management research. For example, climatic changes may lead to changes in the optimal portfolio of risk-reducing measures. The Lab also recognizes that research focused on “average” years may miss important differences in years with droughts or other extreme weather events. As climate change continues, traditional coping mechanisms are likely to become less adequate, requiring new methods and approaches to manage climate risks. The Lab has produced a number of research products around these topics.