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Weaving the net: climate change, complex crises and household resilience

Climate variability, a rise in food prices and the financial meltdown in 2009 are all complex and interlinking crises which have led to severe hardship among vulnerable groups in developing countries. Because household impacts tend to manifest themselves in similar ways regardless of the crisis origin, there is the possibility of a robust policy response for a broad range of crises. Based on an analysis of the food crisis, a review of coping strategies used by vulnerable groups, and their subsequent efforts to build adaptive capacity, this paper presents a set of policy conclusions in four categories: 
(1) Establishing vulnerability observation systems.
(2) Strengthening safety nets.
(3) Supporting a robust adaptive capacity approach.
(4) Promoting risk governance.