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New working paper on local perceptions of climate change in Bangladesh

An IFPRI Discussion Paper written by Peter Davis and Snigdha Ali reports on findings from 30 focus group discussions and 30 key informant interviews conducted in 12 districts of Bangladesh in May 2012. This research showed that most respondents are aware of how climate changes are affecting their livelihoods. Participants were particularly concerned that agricultural productivity is being undermined by increased input costs, increasingly scarce irrigation water, and diminished crop yields. Many households are adapting to cope with declining groundwater levels for agriculture and domestic use, hotter weather, reduced and unpredictable rainfall at key times of the year, more intense extreme weather events such as storms, cyclones, floods, and tornados, and increased salinity of groundwater in coastal areas. Adaptation and coping varied according to location, livelihood, and the assets and endowments people have at their disposal.

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Video overview of the project by Regina Birner now available

Watch the video overview of the project prepared by project collaborator Regina Birner, Chair of Social and Institutional Change in Agricultural Development, University of Hohenheim. The video was prepared for an IFPRI outreach event in Brussels, "Partnering for Impact: IFPRI-European Research Collaboration for Improved Food and Nutrition Security," which took place on November 23, 2013.

Upcoming women’s summit in New York to build momentum on climate change

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From September 20 to 23, more than 100 prominent women’s rights leaders and activists from over 35 countries will gather in New York for the first ever International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit. The purpose of the summit is to build international momentum for increased attention, funding, and action on climate change and to develop a Women’s Climate Action Agenda, which will be presented to the United Nations next week. read more...

Focus on Climate in Africa: two upcoming conferences


Source: IFPRI/Borber Bule

In October 2013, two back-to-back conferences will be held on climate change in Africa, the Africa Climate Conference 2013 and Third conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa. These conferences will provide a unique opportunity for scientists, policymakers and other stakeholders to strengthen the ability of African climate science to support regional climate resilience and adaptation policies and decisions. Details on these conferences are below.

Based on a qualitative study undertaken by this project, Aiveen Donnelly will present her results at the CCDA–III on “Potential for Group-Based Approaches to Enhance Security of Assets for Women to Manage Risk under Climate Change: A Participatory Rural Appraisal in Ethiopia.”

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Third annual project meeting, during Tropentag

We will hold our third annual project meeting on September 16 in conjunction with the German Tropentag (Conference on Tropical and Subtropical Agricultural and Natural Resource Management), which takes place at Hohenheim University in Stuttgart-Hohenheim Sep 17-19.

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Institutional issues in climate change adaptation

Source: Snigdha Ali/IFPRI 2012

Local institutions and organizations are critical for managing collective climate change adaptation efforts. To begin to assess the capacity of these institutions to effectively do so, this discussion paper, written by Catherine Ragasa and colleagues, provides some reflections and insights on the level of awareness, practices, and organizational and institutional issues being faced by countries as they adapt to climate change read more...

Gender and Climate at the 2013 AAEA

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The Joint Annual Meeting of the  Agricultural and Applied Economics Association  and the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society will take place in Washington DC this summer, August 4–6, 2013. Answering the call for abstracts on climate change, international development, land and water resources, among other relevant topics, our team members will be presenting research results read more...

Women’s Land Rights and Conservation

Ethiopian women (Source: IFPRI/Apollo Habtamu)

As posted earlier, Agnes Quisumbing and Neha Kumar presented preliminary results on a study examining the impacts of land registration on tree planting and soil conservation in Ethiopia at the World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty. On Earth Day, the results beginning to emerge from this study are a reminder of the importance of understanding gender differences in order to effectively deal with the effects of climate change worldwide, and particularly for the poor.   read more...

Do land rights for women encourage conservation?

Every year, the World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty  brings together representatives from governments, the development community, civil society, academia, and the private sector to discuss issues  of concern related to land and poverty. This year Neha Kumar and Agnes  Quisumbing link this critical issue to women and climate in their study entitled "Do More Secure Land Rights for Women Encourage Conservation? The Medium-term Impacts of the Ethiopian Land Registration." read more...

Working Paper: Developing a Framework for Community-Based Adaptation

Women in Ghana

theoretical framework for adaptation to climate change has been used as the basis for this research project. The working paper “Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change: A Theoretical Framework, Overview of Key Issues and Discussion of Gender Differentiated Priorities and Participation” by Elizabeth Bryan and Julia Behrman, develops and describes this framework and then goes on to provides a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of community-based adaptation (CBA) efforts.

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