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Climate and resilience

Climate change and growing weather variability is one of the biggest challenges to agriculture globally. It necessitates wide-scale transformation of our food systems. WLE produces evidence, tools and solutions that can help farmers, policy makers, investors and others manage and thrive within this new reality and meet the goals set out in the Paris Climate Agreement.

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Adaptation and resilience

Innovative practices and institutions can support smallholder farmers to adapt to climate change and weather variability, thus increasing their resilience to related shocks. WLE is piloting a number of promising solutions, including climate-smart solar irrigation, managed recharge of groundwater aquifers and insurance against flood-related crop losses. The program is at the forefront of ensuring new technologies are implemented equitably and in a way that protects and enhances our natural resources.

Disaster risk management and response

Climate change-related disasters such as floods and droughts are becoming more frequent and more erratic, and they have severe and wide-ranging consequences for food security and human lives. WLE and its partners provide precise and timely information on potential or ongoing crises to support decision makers, including farmers, to make informed choices about how to manage such risks.

Carbon sequestration

Sequestering carbon in soils could have the potential to mitigate climate change. Techniques such as composting, mulching, zero tillage, agroforestry and other natural solutions are showing good promise for increasing the amount of carbon stored in soils. WLE is developing tools and maps to help determine where and how this potential can be realized.