Climate change is threatening the livelihoods and food security of millions of smallholder farmers and agribusiness who depend on agriculture in the South East Asia region. Despite the fact that the El Nino/Southern Oscillation system has such a major impact in the region and the impacts of which will be exacerbated under climate change there is little application of seasonal climate forecasting in managing the associated risks in the agricultural sector. The ability to forecast extreme/unusual climate conditions months in advance is arguably one of the most potentially important developments in the environmental sciences of current times and this project aims at improving seasonal climate forecasting capabilities in Southeast Asian countries to better prepare smallholders farmers for future climate extremes and to increase climate resilience.
DE-RISK South East Asia
- German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)
- University of Southern Queensland
- International Centre for Tropical Agriculture in Hanoi, Vietnam (CIAT)
The DE-RISK project will develop climate risk management systems, best practices and insurance products that will shield smallholder farmers and businesses engaged in producing coffee, sugar, rice, cassava, rubber, dairy, and grazing across the agricultural value chain in key South East Asian countries from physical and financial disaster associated with climate change.