The availability of and access to food requires resilient food systems and value chains.
Food security is directly influenced by climate variability and, increasingly, by climate change. Periods of heavy rainfall, for example, can reduce crop yields and destroy critical infrastructure. Although some countries have established early warning systems to predict and prepare for periods of food insecurity caused by such events, overall, their current policies and measures tend to be reactive rather than preventative. This reactive approach is the result of limited knowledge about the underlying factors that enable food systems and communities to absorb climate shocks and stresses without undergoing emergency situations. For food systems and communities to be truly food secure and climate resilient, we require both a better understanding of these underlying factors and new ways to monitor how they change over time.
We seek to improve climate resilience and food security through an understanding of the factors that influence the resilience of food systems to climate shocks and stresses. Our experts develop practical indicators to monitor such factors at both the community and national levels. We also work with governments and communities to improve our understanding of how policies affect the climate resilience of food systems.
IISD Speech: President and CEO Scott Vaughan at the UN Economic and Social Council, 2017 Integrated Segment, New York
IISD President and CEO Scott Vaughan speaking at the UN ESOSOC 2017 Integration Segment on May 8, 2017 in New York.Read More
Private Investments and Agriculture: The importance of integrating sustainability into planning and implementation
Recently, we have seen an increase in large-scale investment into agriculture. An important policy question is to what extent these large-scale agricultural investment contribute to improving local livelihoods, as well as economic and environmental conditions.Read More
How Small Businesses Can Support Climate-Resilient Value Chains: Lessons from Uganda
This brief focuses on investments by domestic seed companies in quality seeds, including climate-resilient varieties, in developing countries and the climate risk management benefits for other actors along the value chain. It is designed for researchers and practitioners working on agricultural value chains, food security and climate resilience in developing countries.Read More
Enabling Climate Risk Management Along Agricultural Value Chains: Insights from the rice value chain in Uganda
This briefing note proposes a framework of core functions for climate risk management (CRM) along agricultural value chains and highlights the role of service providers in supporting CRM efforts.Read More
Policy Solutions for Climate-Resilient Agricultural Value Chains
Climate change poses serious risks to agriculture in many developing countries.Read More
Using Process-Based Indicators to Help Design Effective Policies on Food Security in the Context of Climate Change
This briefing note presents a series of resilience indicators as examples for measuring the resilience of local food systems based on community...Read More
Measuring Local Food Systems’ Resilience: Lessons learned from Honduras and Nicaragua
Climate variability and change are already affecting food security of vulnerable populations.Poor communities are particularly exposed to climate...Read More
IISD Input to the CFS-RAI E-Consultation
This note summarizes IISD’s contribution to the Committee on World Food Security’s e-consultation on the zero draft of the principles for...Read More
CRiSTAL Food Security 2.0 User's Manual. Community-based Risk Screening Tool - Adaptation and Livelihoods: Focus on Food System Resilience
CRiSTAL Food Security is a decision-support tool for local-level government staff and development practitioners to support climate resilience of...Read More
FIPAT Guidebook: Food Security Indicator & Policy Analysis Tool
The relationship between climate resilience, food security and the policies and actions of multiple levels of government is complex.Government...Read More