Climate adaptation for bio-based development

Last changed: 24 October 2019

This theme is working with the assessment of agricultural systems vulnerability to climate change. This for supporting the agricultural sector with knowledge for climate adaptation and mitigation.

The natural resource base in agriculture has undergone degradation during a long time and continues to be under threat from various pressures such as unsustainable practices and erratic climate conditions. Over the years societies have adapted farming practices to cope with environmental change and climate variability, but the present speed and intensity of climate change is challenging the capacity of agricultural communities in low-income countries to adapt.

The activities in the theme relates to several of the Sustainable Development Goals within the Agenda 2030, primarily these goals:

Climate adaptation and bio-based development are central in the strive for food security, poverty alleviation and economic growth. Adaptation will need a transformation of agricultural systems to be more productive, less vulnerable, improve the use natural resources and result in reduced carbon footprint. Agriculture in low-income countries has a significant share of the national economy and has the highest percentage of the national population involved.

Activities in this theme accommodates multidisciplinary research focus in three main areas:

  • Filling knowledge gaps for assessing vulnerability of agricultural systems
  • Sustainable management of land, water and biodiversity- potential and limitation for adapting production systems
  • Adaptive capacity, improving conditions for dissemination of knowledge and for developing adaptive strategies.
Theme leaders

Theme leader: Abraham Joel
Deputy theme leader: Kristina Marquardt