Vulnerability and policy relevance to drought in the semi-arid tropics of Asia A retrospective analysis

Singh, N P and Bantilan, M C S and Byjesh, K (2014) Vulnerability and policy relevance to drought in the semi-arid tropics of Asia A retrospective analysis. Weather and Climate Extremes, 03. pp. 54-61. ISSN 2212-0947

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Of all the natural hazards, drought affects maximum number of people globally causing devastating impacts. It is a reality that drought results in sets of socio-economic impacts start with crop-yield failure, unemployment, erosion of assets, income decrease, poor nutrition and decreasing risk absorptive capacity thereby increasing the vulnerability of the community. This paper briefs the existing approaches that focus on vulnerability and impact assessment aid to characterize and identify regions, sectors and communities which are at drought risk currently and in the future. It also discusses the limitation, constraints and pre-requisites in these approaches and highlights the importance of micro level information to have a more realistic understanding of impact and vulnerability through illustration and with reference to the recent study conducted by International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). This exercise will provide a guiding framework for devising action plans in improving adaptive capacity among the vulnerable population.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: RP-Market Institutions and Policies
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Drought; Vulnerability; Impact assessment; Semi-arid tropics
Subjects: Others > Climate Change
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2014 09:50
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2016 08:54
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Projects: Vulnerability to Climate Change: Adaptation strategies and Layers of Resilience
Funders: Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Acknowledgement: The study was conducted as a part of the multi-national project “Vulnerability to Climate Change:Adaptation strategies and Layers of Resilience” coordinated by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-arid Tropics(ICRISAT), Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh, India, with financial support from the Asian Development Bank(ADB).
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