East Africa is a region frequently and severely affected by climate change related shocks and stressors, such as increasingly erratic rainfall patterns, frequent droughts and floods, landslides, heat waves and pest and livestock disease outbreaks. The food security sector is one of the first to suffer from these negative effects of climate change.
To date, national governments, WFP, and partners have primarily provided first-line responses to the food and nutrition crises generated by these events. Due to its first-responder mandate, WFP has often been forced to prioritise saving the lives of those most at risk to food insecurity. As a result, efforts to address and incorporate comprehensive and systematic climate risk strategies into its Country Strategic Plans have yet to be fully realised.
In this project, adelphi acted as regional Learning Facility that supports WFP Country Offices in their management of localised climate risk and management of climate security issues. The objective of this project was to accelerate conflict-sensitive and peace-promoting climate adaptation efforts by WFP Country Offices in the Regional Bureau Nairobi region through partnerships, capacity support and technical assistance to enable the integration of climate security risk analysis into National Action Plans, Nationally Determined Contributions and WFP country and regional level strategies and programmes.
In this role, adelphi developed a method tool that can be used to identify and measure peacebuilding and climate security indicators and a guide, inclusive of a standard operating procedure, for assessing climate risk in the context of WFP’s operating environment. Furthermore, adelphi conducted a series of topical briefs, addressing upstream and strategic issues pertinent for countries seeking to identify opportunities to accelerate adaptation and protect or regenerate vulnerable ecosystems, including climate-related security risks.