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Assessing climate change vulnerability and its effects on food security: Testing a new toolkit in Tanzania

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The working paper presents a new toolkit for the implementation of a participatory vulnerability assessment
(PVA) in rural localities, by introducing the methodology, as well as the findings, from a pilot study in
Sokoine (Zepisa, Hombolo Ward) in Tanzania. It is based on a participatory methodological approach and
follows a multidimensional conceptualisation of social vulnerability to climate change. The methodology is
designed to equip project implementers who have limited resources to assess the occurrence and
consequences of climate impacts on local livelihood strategies and food systems. It will assist them in
understanding local views on how climate change may affect them, what kind of coping strategies are
already in place and how their adaptive capacity can be enhanced through measures that are tailored to the
profiles of different local groups.

Citation

Ulrichs M, Cannon T, van Etten J, Morimoto Y, Yumbya J, Kongola E, Said S, van de Gevel J, Newsham A, Marshall M, Kabululu S, Kiambi D, Nyamongo D, Fadda C. 2015. Assessing climate change vulnerability and its effects on food security: Testing a new toolkit in Tanzania. CCAFS Working Paper No. 91. Copenhagen, Denmark: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).