Climate Change: A Development Challenge
December 1st, 2009
Climate change will have a disproportionate impact on poor rural people because they lack institutional and financial capacity to withstand the effects. Poor, vulnerable people face economic loss due to crop failures and livestock loss. The international community, having agreed on adaptation, mitigation, technology and financing as the response to climate change, must include poor rural people as part of that response.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), whose main goal is to help rural poor people overcome poverty, has integrated adaptation and mitigation practices into most of its programs. This document includes examples of progams such as a biogas waste-to-energy project in China and a resource management project in Peru.