Climate change adaptation among female-led Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in semi-arid areas: A case study from Kenya

This working paper explores how female-led micro, small, and medium enterprises in Kenya’s semi-arid lands experience and respond to climate risk. It has also been published as a chapter in the Handbook of Climate Change Resilience.

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Towards a climate resilient cotton value chain in Pakistan: Understanding key risks, vulnerabilities and adaptive capacities

This working paper identifies climate risks facing cotton value chain (CVC) actors in Pakistan based on various climate indicators, including temperature, rainfall and climate extremes. It formulates policy and practice interventions that could help promote an inclusive climate-resilient CVC in Pakistan.

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‘Leaving no one behind’ through enabling climate-resilient economic development in dryland regions

‘Leave no one behind’ is a principle central to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This policy briefing puts forward the view that public policies and investments by national governments and development partners that recognise the seasonality, mobility and informality of dryland economies as strengths, and create an enabling environment for private actors in these regions, hold real potential to spur progress towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, Leave No one Behind and the global goals on climate adaptation.

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How do African SMEs respond to climate risks? Evidence from Kenya and Senegal

This journal article investigates to what extent and how micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries are adapting to climate risks.

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Do natural disasters change savings and employment choices? Evidence from Pakistan

This research investigates the economic response of rural households in Pakistan to natural disasters. In particular, the work explores the extent to which households adjust their savings and income strategies in response to floods.

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The role of heat stress in migration decisions: A case study of Faisalabad

This study attempts to understand the relationship between migration decisions and heat stress, looking not only at its impact on livelihoods, but also on thermal comfort levels available at home and in the workplace.

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Enabling private sector adaptation to climate change in sub-Saharan Africa

This journal paper examines existing literature on how to promote and facilitate private sector adaptation in developing countries, and how governments can create an enabling environment to stimulate and incentivise domestic private sector adaptation. With a focus on adaptation by small and medium enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa, it provides a framework to identify the key ‘building blocks’ that constitute enabling conditions for private sector adaptation.

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Agriculture, Water, Climate and Migration in semi-arid lands in Burkina Faso

This English-language report analyses how agricultural communities in the semi-arid central plateau of Burkina Faso – an area of high food insecurity – are managing available water and land resources in changing climatic conditions. It supports the case for investment by the government and donors in small dams/ponds to allow rural communities to supplement rain-fed with irrigated agriculture.

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