Breaking silos in disaster management

An integrated approach involving all concerned stakeholders can help farmers combat the ill-effects of climate-induced natural disasters

Climate change is forecast to change temperatures and rainfall patterns in South Asia. The poorest farmers, with fewer resources to help them adapt, are the most vulnerable to unforeseen disasters.

At the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), we are working under the CGIAR Research Programs on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security and on Water, Land and Ecosystems, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, to increase the resilience of South Asia’s smallholder farmers to climate shocks by promoting integrated disaster management.

This involves developing climate-forecasting tools and working with government, agriculture and private-sector actors to develop disaster-preparedness plans.

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