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Vulnerable communities often live in areas that are prone to climate shocks, and lack the means to prepare for and recover from disasters that can destroy homes, crops and livelihoods. In order to cope, food insecure families are often forced to sell their productive assets, take their children out of school, or cut down on meals. Studies from Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Niger show increased wasting and stunting rates in children after a flood or drought. 

To help governments and communities strengthen their resilience and better manage climate shocks, the World Food Programme (WFP) supports large-scale resilience-building initiatives that address the challenge.

14.5 million people
were assisted through WFP’s climate change and/or resilience-building activities in 2015.
58 countries
took part in WFP’s climate change and/or resilience-building activities in 2015.
20 percent
increase in hunger and malnutrition could occur by 2050 as a result of climate change.

Some of WFP’s climate change adaptation activities

  • Adaptation Fund projects

    The Adaptation Fund was established by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to finance concrete climate change adaptation projects and programmes. WFP is the second largest multilateral implementing entity of the Adaptation Fund, helping build the climate resilience of the world’s most food insecure people.
  • R4 Rural Resilience Initiative

    WFP and Oxfam America’s R4 Rural Resilience Initiative is a comprehensive risk management approach that helps vulnerable rural households increase their food and income security in the face of increasing climate risks.
  • Climate Adaptation Management and Innovation Initiative

    The Climate Adaptation Management and Innovation Initiative (C-ADAPT) is an initiative to develop innovative climate-induced food insecurity analyses and practices to inform programming and decision-making. It is funded by the Government of Sweden.
  • Global Framework for Climate Service Adaptation Programme in Africa

    The Global Framework for Climate Service Adaptation Programme in Africa is a multi-partner pilot to provide improved weather and climate information for early warning, risk management and food security.