Thematic Area

Fostering Resilience for Food Security

Droughts, floods, changing rainfall patterns, and other extreme weather events put vulnerable communities at risk. With improved access to climate information, new technologies, and advanced land and water management techniques, vulnerable communities are receiving the tools they need to feed their families today, tomorrow and into the future. This service line addresses the risks of climate change across the value chain – especially agricultural products that are important to food and nutrition security. The main areas of work include pre-production and input management; capacity to provide and apply climate information services; production and diversified integrated systems; and post-production offerings including the provision of financial services and access to markets.

Human stories

The CRIWMP’s innovative integrated water management model adopts a whole-of-ecosystem approach to strengthen the resilience of smallholder farmers in the Dry Zone to climate variability and extreme events by working through three approaches.

A Green Climate Fund-financed project in Zambia is helping farmers to adapt to increased floods and droughts with field schools, advanced climate-resilient planting techniques, and new business opportunities, with support from UNDP.

Led by the Local Government Division of the Ministry of Local Government Rural Development and Cooperatives, the Local Government Initiative on Climate Change (LoGIC) project built a Community Resilience Fund, providing small-scale grants (up to US$350) to households in highly vulnerable areas to enable them to undertake proven, incremental, ‘low-regret’ adaptation activities with immediate benefits for their income, food security, and well-being.



The UNDP Green Commodities Programme exists to improve the national, economic, social, and environmental performance of agricultural commodity sectors.

The purpose of this centre is to provide a fast-tracked, demand-driven mechanism for African countries to access grant resources that support policies, initiatives, and best practices on climate change, food security, access to water, and clean energy, accelerating progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SCALA programme responds to the urgent need for increased action to cope with climate change impacts in the agriculture and land-use sectors. SCALA supports twelve countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to build adaptive capacity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to meet targets set out in National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), as well as contribute to the SDGs. UNDP and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are co-leading this €20 million programme (2021-2025) with funding from the German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) through its International Climate Initiative (IKI).