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new practical action guide for practitioners

Cover of handbookImpacts of climate variability and change are part of a bigger picture of the future trends and uncertainties facing poor communities.  Climate change contributes to vulnerability by creating greater uncertainty in the environment within which poor people are living and producing.  For example, it is making it more difficult for farmers to know when to plant and for livestock keepers to know where to find good pasture. Climate change is therefore exacerbating the problems poor people already face in maintaining their livelihoods and trying to move out of poverty. People not only need to cope with climate change but a whole variety of shocks and hazards with only very limited resources.

ASFG member Practical Action is working with farmers and livestock keepers to build more resilient livelihoods and better futures. In order to do this they use an approach called ‘From Vulnerability to Resilience’. This approach looks at the multiple aspects of people’s lives: their livelihoods; the way policies and practice affect them; the shocks and hazards they are exposed to and the long term trends including climate change, but also economic and political changes.

Practical Action has developed a guide for practitioners who seek examples of how the V2R framework can be used in practice, based on examples from Nepal. It offers a step process, workbooks and tools.  It includes guidance on how to include long-term trends in programming with a focus on climate change. The handbook, entitled ‘From Vulnerability to Resilience: A handbook for programming design based on fieldwork in Nepal’, can be downloaded from here.



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