Identifying The Potential Climate Risks To The Food Security Of Vulnerable People 

Climate change is already disproportionately affecting the world’s most vulnerable and food insecure people, especially women and children and their livelihoods - ultimately putting hundreds of millions of people at risk. It will make natural disasters more frequent and intense, land and water more scarce and difficult to access, and increases in agricultural productivity even harder to achieve.  By 2050, the risk of hunger and child malnutrition could increase by up to 20 percent due to the adverse impact of climate change.

Research On Impacts Of Climate Risk Is Limited

Despite these facts, research on the impacts of climate risks on food security remains limited. At the same time, there are insufficient relevant and practical examples of climate change adaptation programming available to governments and international organisations that focus on combatting food insecurity. 


The Climate Adaptation Management and Innovation Initiative (C-ADAPT)  is an initiative to develop innovative climate-induced food insecurity analyses and practices to inform programming and decision-making, funded by the Government of Sweden. C-ADAPT has two main goals: 

  • To better understand the impacts of climate change and climate risks on the most food insecure populations, which will be able to inform policy and support the development of innovative programmes for adaptation and resilience activities that make a difference to vulnerable communities today.
  • To help individuals, communities and governments adapt, strengthen livelihoods, build resilience and ensure food security by drawing upon experiences that positively impact people’s investment in adaptation and resilience. 


C-ADAPT combines two major components, targeting 16 countries:

  • Climate and food security analyses: WFP and partners are working to improve analytical methods to better understand climate risks and how they threaten people’s food security and livelihoods.  This information is helping guide governments, WFP and partners to inform climate change policy, adaptation plans and programmes that consider the impacts on food security. 
  • Good practices, models, and standards: C-ADAPT is working to identify and document good practices and innovations in food security and climate change adaptation programmes.  The goal is to build the evidence base of what works and what doesn’t to help governments, humanitarian partners and communities learn from these experiences and improve adaptation action. 


Partnerships are a key ingredient of the C-ADAPT approach. The project is being conducted in close collaboration with key WFP partners, including governments, civil society, academia, and relevant private sector actors, as well as UN agencies, particularly FAO and IFAD.  These partnerships span three key regions affected by climate change: Asia, the Middle East, and East, Central and North Africa. The project supports research, assessments and capacity building of partners and governments to develop community and national level food security plans and programmes.

C-ADAPT is funded by the generous contribution of: