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Governance challenges for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation convergence in agriculture

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This discussion paper aims to help practitioners work in a more informed and politically sensitive way to integrate actions on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) in agriculture. It illustrates some typical governance and political economy-related barriers that may hamper convergence or integration of DRR and CCA actions. It also provides guidance for in-depth governance analysis, putting the analytical focus at national and subnational levels, while considering the international context as an important factor for convergence.

The governance analysis enables understanding of advantages and disadvantages of integrated action on DRR and CCA. Successful convergence of action on DRR and CCA calls for governance arrangements that allow for shared understanding and synergies among diverse governmental entities and stakeholders at different government levels. The suggested governance analysis unfolds in an iterative three‑step process:

  1. frame the problem related to DRR and CCA convergence and identify/verify the key governance challenge(s);
  2. analyse political economy drivers behind these challenges; 
  3. develop realistic strategies to address identified constraints to convergence or integration, and enable stakeholders to engage, in order to foster change.

This analysis illustrates some typical governance and political‑economy drivers behind non‑convergence at country and sub‑national levels. Moreover, it provides practical guidance for undertaking an in‑depth governance and political economy analysis at country and sub‑national levels, and developing realistic strategies for change.

This analysis is addressed to all users who are interested in identifying opportunities and potential synergies between DRR and CCA in agriculture, with the aim of achieving resilience and food security of farmers and their communities.

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Source:
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Published in Climate-ADAPT Mar 18 2020   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Sep 10 2022

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