Cambodia, Laos, Bangladesh and India are among the Asian countries most vulnerable to climate change. For these countries there is a high exposure to climate risks (such as increased flooding in lowland areas, increased number of extreme weather events, as well as shifts in seasonal weather patterns). The transitory state of farming societies in these nations further amplifies their extreme vulnerability to climate change. It impacts smallholder households by reducing the the productivity of their farming systems. As well, farmers have a weak capacity to implement effective adaptation programs and there is a lack of robust multi-scale adaptation strategies at the policy making level.
This project aims to develop strategies that enable policy makers to deliver more effective climate adaptation programs relevant to farmer livelihoods and food security. At the same time the scientists will help to build capacity of farming households in selected regions of each of the four countries, enabling them to adapt their rice-based cropping systems to accommodate climate variability and climate change.