Climate change adaptation for smallholder farmers in the Lake Chad Basin

Photo: UN Security Council United Kingdom Field Mission to the Lake Chad Basin. Photo credit: Lorey Campese, 2014, Flickr.
The Lake Chad Basin (LCB) is among the world’s biggest, located in the Sahel region of Africa (Abubakar, n.d.). It also has one of the largest sedimentary closed groundwater basins in the whole of the African continent. With its vast pasture of cultivable land and wealthy fish stocks, it is an essential area both economically and environmentally to the riparian states of Chad, Cameroon, Libya, Nigeria and Niger (GIZ, 2015b). Photo: UN Security Council United Kingdom Field Mission to the Lake Chad Basin . Photo credit: Lorey Campese, 2014, Flickr. Approximately 38 million people from diverse ethnic cultures presently live in the LCB (GIZ, 2015b). The majority of these people are from poor rural households and survive on subsistence farming (GIZ, 2015b). Recent occurrences, due to...Read more

Cash transfers and climate change resilience in Africa

The African Development Bank is working with the Climate Investment Funds' Pilot Program for Climate Resilience in southern Mozambique (2014). Photo credit: CIF Action, Flickr
Social protection, particularly in the form of cash transfer programmes, are being implemented to mitigate poverty in Africa. Cash transfer programming involves providing cash or vouchers to beneficiaries instead of in-kind aid, such as clothes or food (CARE Programmes, 2017). Evidence shows that most cash transfer programmes have positive impacts on their beneficiaries (Asfaw et al., 2014; Daidone et al., 2015). While cash transfer programmes are designed to protect the effect of poverty on the poor, there is growing evidence that cash transfers can help in building resilience to climate change. This is achieved by increasing human capital, facilitating changes in economic activities by decreasing liquidity constraints, improving natural resource management, and building local economics...Read more

A year ago, hurricanes Irma and Maria wreaked havoc in the Caribbean, making small nations like Dominica lose more than 200% of its annual GDP in a matter of hours. Today, many countries are still rebuilding. With the threats of climate change – which increases the number and strength of extreme weather events – and another hurricane season already underway, these countries are undertaking a number of efforts. 

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The European Union and Morocco inked on Friday two agreements aimed at supporting Moroccan small & medium enterprises (SMEs), including start-ups working on innovation as well as the country’s social protection program. The agreements, related to the EU-funded programs: “Competitiveness & green growth” and “social protection reform in Morocco”, were sealed during the visit European Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn is currently paying to the North African Kingdom.

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Mlup Baitong

Mlup Baitong is a leading local NGO in the environment sector in Cambodia. The complementary nature of environmental education, advocacy, and community-based natural resource management with the creation of alternative livelihood options results in positive and sustainable impacts. We are nationally and internationally respected for our successful approach in environmental education and conservation.

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Tarayana Foundation

Tarayana Foundation is a Public Benefit Organization, registered with the Civil Society Organization Authority of Bhutan created in 2003. It is supported and advised by the Board of Directors & an Executive Committee. The Board provides overall guidance at the policy level, while the Executive Committee supports the Secretariat in implementing the activities approved by the Board. The Secretariat manages and implements the programmes with a network of Programme and Field Officers.

 Tarayana’s interventions are categorized into four main areas:

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Bhutan - Gross National Happiness Commission, GNH

The Gross National Happiness (GNH) Commission is an Institution that promotes an enabling environment for all Bhutanese to be happy. Their mission is to steer national development towards promotion of happiness for all Bhutanese guided by the philosophy of GNH. Their main goals and objectives are:

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Bangladesh - দুর্যোগ ব্যবস্থাপনা ও ত্রাণ মন্ত্রণালয়, MoDMR (Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief)

The Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR) has been given the mandate to drive national risk reduction reform programmes. Its mission relative to this agenda is: “To achieve a paradigm shift in disaster management from conventional response and relief to a more comprehensive risk reduction culture, and to promote food security as an important factor in ensuring the resilience of communities to hazards”

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Around the globe, there is an unending cycle of producing innovative policies that are relevant and responsive to today's complex problems of disaster risk reduction and mitigation. A lot of evidence is pointing to the shifting paradigm in responding to emergencies. Foremost among them is the growing acceptance of cash transfers as a response tool to disasters. The Philippines is not oblivious to this developing paradigm. The Philippines is considered to have one of the most advanced social protection (SP) systems in the East Asia Pacific region.

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The study is premised on the notion that collective action principles of forest producer organizations potentially allow them to provide formal and informal social protection benefits to their members (Bose et al., 2006; Molnar et al., 2008). These include formal social protection benefits such as social insurance and informal insurance from pooled contributions, which can insure members in times of risk (Kazoora et al., 2006; Chen, 2015).

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