Small farmers in developing countries often are the most susceptible to the impacts of climate change. Abt Associates builds expertise, shapes policies, and introduces new technologies to help farm communities address threats to water availability, soil fertility, from pest and disease, as well as post-harvest losses that challenge historic coping mechanisms. Climate-resilient development in agriculture incorporates measures for improving farm and community management of energy, water, livestock, forests, fisheries, and their associated value chains to protect livelihoods and maintain good health.
Abt’s work in climate-resilient development leverages our expertise in food security and agriculture, water resources management, economics, climate change, and clean energy. Our services include:
Climate risk and vulnerability assessment;
Ecosystem valuation and cost/benefits analysis;
Adaptation planning on landscape scale;
Monitoring and evaluation;
Technical assistance in agronomy and production; and
Capacity-building and training in climate resiliency.
TAJIKISTAN: How can countries help smallholder farmers prepare for planting season in light of varying climate patterns?
In the landlocked central Asian country of Tajikistan, Abt Associates is implementing a national project funded by the Asian Development Bank to support climate-resilient development. Because mountainous Tajikistan is highly vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters, this country-led project is raising the Tajik people’s awareness of and capacity to analyze climate variability and change, and to reduce impacts on key economic sectors, particularly agriculture. New seasonal forecasting introduced by Abt provides small and marginal farmers with updated forecasts every 10 days to better prepare for seasonal planning. This is critically important for farmers and others reliant on the weather for their economic activities: planning for wet and warm and dry and cool seasons now can take place, raising resilience and spurring dialogue on adaptation in communities. Further efforts will bring longer-range forecasts, including 10-day to two-month sub-seasonal forecasts and more extensive three- to six-month seasonal forecasts.
CLIENT: Asian Development Bank / PROJECT: Building Capacity for Climate Resilience
SOUTH SUDAN: How can South Sudan improve its food security and maintain market growth amidst climate shocks and regional conflict?
Through the USAID-funded Food, Agribusiness and Rural Markets (FARM) project, Abt is developing agricultural markets and expanding enhanced agricultural farming practices in the southernmost Greenbelt of South Sudan. FARM helps small-to-medium agribusiness and smallholder farmers boost productivity and improve processing while promoting disaster resiliency and community-based connections. The project also encourages farmers to adopt new agricultural technologies that help households endure periodic climate shocks, such as drought, in line with USAID’s climate-smart agriculture approach.
CLIENT: USAID / PROJECT: Food Agribusiness and Rural Markets (FARM)