Small Grants Programme: The role of climate risk in multiple-purpose dam finance in East Africa

This report provides an overview and analysis of current developments in East African dam finance and climate risk. It calls for improved understanding of climate risk from the beginning of dam projects and improved local institutions to strengthen water and energy policies by incorporating climate risk screenings.

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Pathways for irrigation development: policies and irrigation performance in Tanzania

This report presents the results of a study that looks at the policies and politics that have shaped irrigation practice and performance in Tanzania over the past 40–50 years. The findings are aimed at policy-makers with a role in irrigation development in developing countries, and researchers focusing on irrigation performance and innovation.

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Rice Farming

Climate change perception and system of rice intensification (SRI) impact on dispersion and downside risk: a moment approximation approach

This working paper assesses the consequential risk impacts of the recent system of rice intensification (SRI) implemented in the Morogoro region of Tanzania, one of the largest semi-arid regions, using household and farm plot level data extended to incorporate farmers’ perceptions of climate change.

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Tanzania: Country situation assessment

This report seeks to provide an initial analysis of the past and current climate in Tanzania, and to identify solutions to the complex challenges of natural resource management, economic development, poverty alleviation and resilience-building in the context of climate change.

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Climate risk management

This report contributes to the knowledge base for the management of climate risk to build economic resilience in semi-arid regions by analysing the main challenges to climate risk management in semi-arid zones, and identifying areas and sectors in which climate risk management represents a challenge in Africa and Asia. It also suggests new research directions, and recommends that policy makers and private sector actors should give greater consideration to the climate risk management dimension.

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Coping with climate risk: the role of institutions, governance and finance in private adaptation decisions of the poor

How can political and economic institutions affect – help or hinder – the decisions of the poor and other marginalised groups in semi-arid lands to adapt in the context of changing climate? This report assesses the range of risk-coping mechanisms available to poorer households, with a focus on barriers to adaptation and what these adaptive responses imply for development prospects.

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Climate change and the geographical and institutional drivers of economic development

How does climate change impact long-term economic development in semi-arid lands? How does climate change influence the likelihood of conflict, and affect the environmental context in which political and economic institutions evolve?

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Climate change, private sector and value chains: Constraints and adaptation strategies

Private sector actors are key agents of change in semi-arid areas. But how does, and will, climate change impact private sector incentives and activities, and markets? And how can the private sector identify new market opportunities in semi-arid regions?

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