Agro-biodiversity Management: An Opportunity for Mainstreaming Community-based Adaptation to Climate Change
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February 2009



Climate risks and hazards adversely impact the livelihoods of local communities. Based on a recent\r\nparticipatory study conducted in the western hills of Nepal, this article explores opportunities and strategies for\r\nintegrating climate change adaptation in poverty reduction projects and programmes in ways that increase the\r\ncapacity of individuals, households and communities to respond to climate variability and change. The findings of the\r\nstudy suggest that a wide array of agro‐biodiversity management strategies offer options and opportunities for\r\nfarmers to cope with the adverse impact of climate change. However, this is possible only if adaptation is\r\nincorporated into the existing development efforts with sufficient understanding of local livelihood context and\r\nstrategies instead of separately planning climate change adaptation programmes.
\r\nKey words: Climate risks and hazards, community‐based adaptation, vulnerability, poor, farmers, agriculture"}” data-sheets-userformat=”{"2":829,"3":{"1":0},"5":{"1":[{"1":2,"2":0,"5":{"1":2,"2":0}},{"1":0,"2":0,"3":3},{"1":1,"2":0,"4":1}]},"6":{"1":[{"1":2,"2":0,"5":{"1":2,"2":0}},{"1":0,"2":0,"3":3},{"1":1,"2":0,"4":1}]},"7":{"1":[{"1":2,"2":0,"5":{"1":2,"2":0}},{"1":0,"2":0,"3":3},{"1":1,"2":0,"4":1}]},"8":{"1":[{"1":2,"2":0,"5":{"1":2,"2":0}},{"1":0,"2":0,"3":3},{"1":1,"2":0,"4":1}]},"11":4,"12":0}”>Key words: Climate risks and hazards, community‐based adaptation, vulnerability, poor, farmers, agriculture