Our Work in Climate Change Resiliency
Our policy on climate change resiliency has a strong commitment to preventing acute hunger and investing in disaster preparedness and mitigation measures. We call for action to support the implementation of climate change related programs. Do for Children is working with the government and community structures to strengthen their capacity to prepare for, adapt and respond to shocks caused by disasters, and develop national policies and plans that address the impact of disasters on nutrition in line with the international framework for disaster risk reduction adopted in Sendai, Japan, in 2015.
Do for Children acknowledges that the world is experiencing increasingly frequent extreme weather events and other climate change impacts. This is also true with Malawi and there is a need for communities to propose and develop adaptation solutions that should be implemented through actions urgently in response to the effects of climate change that are already happening, as well as prepare for future impacts.
What We're Learning
Some of the key risks to food and nutrition security include reduced crop productivity which is associated with heat and drought stress and increased pest damage, disease damage and flooding.
Apart from food and nutrition challenges, Malawian communities also face health related problems due to climate change issues. High temperatures and fluctuations in rainfall patterns is significantly affecting population health. Warmer temperatures and higher rainfall increase habitat suitability for pests including biting insects and the transmission of vector-borne diseases including dengue fever, malaria and yellow fever.
Do for Children will continue working with youth and women groups linking them with appropriated government and other partners for them to have access to these services in order to enhance their individual resilience and adaptive capacity.
The following are our areas of focus on climate change adaptation efforts:
Adaptation remains a priority amidst the global pandemic
Use of data in planning is essential for adaptation decision making including early warning systems, etc.
Help facilitate access to information and interpretation of the data at community level
Use of research for further learning and transformational progress in climate change adaptation