Building community resilience
Communities in developing countries tend to rely on agriculture as their main source of food and income. Subsistence farmers are particularly vulnerable to climate change. Climate change contributes to higher temperatures, greater variability in rainfall and greater frequency of extreme weather events, such as drought and flooding. As a result, subsistence farmers in developing countries rely on an increasingly degraded resource base for their food and livelihoods.
We work with vulnerable communities to increase their resilience to climate change. In doing so, we also support communities in climate change mitigation. Responses include integrating trees into landscapes to improve biodiversity and reduce environmental degradation; participating in carbon markets to earn additional income from projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions; implementing ‘climate-smart’ agricultural interventions, sustainable land management practices and sustainable agriculture systems; and introducing clean energy and energy-efficient approaches.