The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the formulation of policies, programmes, and action plans to adapt to and mitigate the adverse impact of climate change and ensure that government’s overall objective of moving the Pakistan economy to a high, sustainable and inclusive growth is realized. The immediate objectives of the project will be concentrated in two areas: a) design of coping and mitigating strategies arising from extreme and untimely weather events that are resulting in floods and related natural disasters; b) analyse the impact of climate change on small and marginal farmers in relation to agricultural productivity, cropping pattern, livelihoods and food security in order to identify measures to supplement their indigenous/local adaptive strategies to cope with climate change.
The more specific objectives of the study are to:
1) review and evaluate existing policies and support functions of various institutions/ organizations mandated to provide support for mitigating adverse impacts of climate change, improving food security, and disaster management.
2) analyze economic impacts of climate change on agriculture in different agro-ecologies using district level panel data—also incorporating the extreme events like floods and droughts;
3) explore the determinants of farmers’ decisions to adapt in response to long-run changes in key climatic variables and how adaptation/non-adaption affects agricultural productivity and food security; and
4) identify indigenously developed best-practices and adopted by the communities and assess their potential to be scaled up with special emphasis on water and land conservation practices.
5) build analytical capacity of the staff and post graduate student undertaking research on issues related to climate change, agriculture, and food security.