Agriculture, Vulnerability and Adaptation (AVA): A methodology for measuring the vulnerability of the agriculture sector
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Project Reference: TALA-0009
Project: Inter-Institutional, Multi-Sectoral Analysis of Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change for the Agricultural Sector in the Upper Cauca River Basin Impacting Adaptation Policies.
Reference Code: TALA-0009
Total Finance: £281,528
Current status: finished
Timeframe: 26 September 2011 – 30 September 2013
Executing agencies: University of Cauca, CIAT, University of Caldas and Cenicafé.
Project Manager: Liliana Ramos / email@example.com
For general information contact: Mathieu Lacoste / firstname.lastname@example.org
Final products of the project:
- Web platform: www.ava-cdkn.org
- Vulnerability report. Read / download
- Technical report of the project: Read / download
- Recommendations for public policy. Read / download
- Departmental fact sheet. Read / download
Context: Approximately 26% of Colombians live in rural areas and depend on agriculture to survive. Among this population, 62.1% live in poverty. Agriculture constitutes approximately 14% of GDP. However, the phenomenon of “La Niña” has reduced productivity in the rural economy, causing losses across more than 200,000 hectares of crops, a proliferation of pests and the destruction of agricultural infrastructure. (www.minagricultura.gov.co/inicio/noticias.aspx?idNoticia=959) The Upper Basin of the Cauca River is one of the regions most affected by this phenomenon. It is estimated that the costs associated with climate change in the Andean region in 2025 will be about $30 million per year (SGCAN, 2008). Climate change will also lead to changes in the location and type of crops, as well as population displacement in rural areas, among other effects.
Overview: Economic sectors that foresee and prepare for climate change will be more competitive. Taking measures in the present to prepare and adapt to a changing climate will be much more cost effective than waiting to execute emergency measures. Additionally, adaptative measures will offer a range of opportunities and possibilities for growth. The agricultural sector is no exception to this assertion. It is imperative to incorporate climate change in decision-making and planning in any consideration of development and rural poverty reduction. Risk assessment and adaptation to climate change is crucial in the design and implementation of agricultural policies.
To promote the technical and scientific conditions necessary to assure the adaptability and longevity of the most important agricultural value chains in the Upper Basin of the Cauca River, based on short, medium and long term climate forecasts.
- To develop indicators and methodology to analyze the vulnerability of the agricultural sector in the Upper Basin of the Cauca River through participatory activities involving institutions, trade associations and communities.
- To carry out a study of climate vulnerability in the primary agricultural sub-sectors in the region.
- To share and discuss findings with local regional and national actors involved in order to generate recommendations for public policies.
- To generate a list of lessons about the process that may be used in other analyses of vulnerability including the National Adaptation Plan for the agricultural sector headed by the National Planning Department.
- Outcome 1: Analysis of vulnerability of agricultural sector in the Upper Basin of the Cauca River.
- Outcome 2: Synthesis of the principal results of the vulnerabilty analysis.
- Outcome 3: Webplatform www.ava-cdkn.co
- Other outcomes: Policy Recommendations; Lessons Learned document.
- Direct Beneficiaries: Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, National Planning Department, Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development, the IDEAM, municipalities in the department covered in the study and primary agricultural associations.
- Indirect Beneficiaries: Peasant communities and ethnic minorities, academics and research organizations.