Livestock on the way to market A man looks after cattle. Near Mekele, Tigray, Ethiopia.

USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance Climate Risk Profiles for Resilience and Food Security Activities

Livestock on the way to market near Mekele, Tigray, Ethiopia.

The frequency and intensity of climate disasters are undermining humanitarian assistance. Through climate risk management (CRM), USAID evaluates climate risks and works to reduce impacts in partnership with communities to ensure the overall effectiveness of resilience and food security programming. CRM also contributes to USAID’s climate adaptation targets under the 2022-2030 Climate Strategy, helping build long-term community climate resilience.

USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) is leading the development of Climate Risk Profiles (CRPs) that detail climate risk information specifically relevant to multi-year Resilience Food Security Assistance (RFSA) and former Food for Peace activities. These CRPs use historic and future climate data to evaluate potential impacts on livelihoods and sectors from climate change and identify potential risk management and adaptation options. Each CRP focuses on subnational regions - or “resilience zones” that align with BHA’s programming priorities. Women, youth, Indigenous Peoples, Persons with Disabilities, LGBTQI+, and ethnic and religious minorities have innovative solutions to climate challenges. The CRPs shed light on the various vulnerabilities these diverse groups may face due to climate change and highlight the distinct strengths and perspectives many bring to leading climate action. 

East Africa
Central & Southern Africa
West Africa 
Latin America & the Caribbean

BHA supported CRPs are intentionally developed early in the activity process, and are designed to inform each step of the program cycle. By integrating climate risk information and management strategies from design and procurement to implementation and monitoring, evaluation, and learning, BHA RFSAs can help advance longer-term climate resilience together with partner organizations and communities.   

Find a complete list of all USAID’s Climate Risk Profiles here.