Climate-Adaptive Community Water Management for Food Security: Experiences from the UNDP Community Water Initiative

Sulan Chen, Katharina Davis


Facing the double menace of climate change threats and water crisis, poor communities have now encountered ever more severe challenges in ensuring agricultural productivity and food security. Communities hence have to manage these challenges by adopting a comprehensive approach that not only enhances water resource management, but also adapts agricultural activities to climate variability. Implemented by the Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Programme, the Community Water Initiative (CWI) has adopted a distinctive approach to support demand-driven, innovative, low cost and community-based water resource management for food security.  Experiences from CWI showed that a comprehensive, locally adapted approach that integrates water resources management, poverty reduction, climate adaptation and community empowerment provides a good model for sustainable development in poor rural areas.

Keywords: Climate adaptation; Water resource management; Community empowerment; Food security

Uniform Resource Name Code (urn):nbn:de:hebis:34-2014062645552


Submitted: 01 February  2014; Revised 6 June  2014; Accepted for publication: 9 June  2014; Published: 10  June 2014


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