The ascending frequency of climate-related natural disasters is having significant economic and health impacts, especially for the poor and vulnerable groups. A systemic transformation of food systems is required to strengthen food security for the world’s current and future population under climate change.
The large and growing body of evidence advocates the potential of major investments in proactive climate risk management strategies, including early warning and adaptive safety net programs, to secure more resilient livelihoods for millions of farmers in low- and middle-income countries. Accordingly, a transformative action ‘Secure resilient livelihoods and value chains through early warning systems and adaptive safety nets’ is proposed. It has a goal to end dependence on humanitarian assistance for 40 million rural dwellers by 2030, realigning US$5 billion per year for adaptive safety nets. Mechanisms to achieve the outcome include a) constructing a tighter continuum from humanitarian assistance to development processes; b) developing and improving early warning systems in climate risk hotspots; c) aligning best practice safety net programs in climate risk hotspots and; d) supporting early action with risk finance.
Accordingly, a webinar has been envisaged to dwell further on setting the road map and major milestones for ending dependence on humanitarian assistance. The session consists of a short presentation followed by a panel discussion to understand the possible bottlenecks and curative measures in these mechanisms to attain the proposed 2030 outcome.
The event includes a live polling simultaneously to gauge the opinion and point of view of the audience. Polling results also serve as food for thought during the panel discussion. The discussion is followed by a question and answer session with the participants.
Giriraj Amarnath is the Research Group Leader for the Water Risks and Disasters (WRD) theme at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). He specializes in monitoring floods and droughts, rapid emergency response mapping, remote sensing data and image processing, geographical information systems, satellite-based rainfall estimates, drought forecasting, hydrological modeling, flood forecasting and inundation modeling, weather-index insurance, food security, agricultural water management, climate change, and disaster risk management.
Advisor to ASEAN on climate policy and finance, climate smart agriculture and land use
Asia Program Leader, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)