Climate Change Adaptation, Water, and Food Security in Pakistan

Pakistan's devastating 2010 Indus basin floods left approximately one-fifth of Pakistan's land area underwater and directly affected about 20 million people. Subsequent flooding in the Indus deserts the following year also showed how vulnerable the country is to climate instability. A call for new research will advance knowledge about the key impacts of climate variability on agricultural productivity, and water and food security in Pakistan.

In 2010, the world's largest contiguous irrigation system, the Indus basin, experienced severe rainfall and an unanticipated increase in river flow. Multiple institutional failures in flood and post-flood relief compounded the situation. In 2011, this highly regulated river system hindered drainage from flooding in the Sindh deserts into the Indus. In both cases, the vulnerabilities of Pakistan's poorest residents - those living in the Indus floodplains or on the edges of its deserts - received little attention.

IDRC is supporting three research partners from a competitive call for proposals. Researchers from the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Lahore University of Management Sciences, and Social Policy and Development Centre will address critical knowledge gaps in understanding climate-related hazards in the Indus Basin as well as the implications for marginalized communities and particularly poor women within these communities.

Research will also examine vulnerability based on gender, farmers' decision-making in water stressed regions, and the wider political and economic context underpinning adaptation policy and planning.

Research outputs will include peer reviewed publications, policy briefs, and technical reports. The findings will also contribute to climate change policies and national and local adaptation action plans in Pakistan. The research teams will conduct consultative dialogues and key stakeholder meetings. They will support young researchers through workshops on research methodologies, development of communication tools, and access to learning opportunities.

Project ID

106857

Project status

Active

Start Date

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Duration

42 months

IDRC Officer

Adhikari, Bhim

Country(s)

Pakistan, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia

Project Leader

Dr. Adil Najam

Institution

Lahore University of Management Sciences

Institution Country

Pakistan

Institution Website

http://www.lums.edu.pk

Project Leader

Khalida Ghaus

Institution

Social Policy and Development Centre

Institution Country

Pakistan

Institution Website

http://www.spdc.org.pk

Project Leader

Mr. Usman Mirza

Institution

Leadership for Environment and Development - Pakistan

Institution Country

Pakistan

Institution Website

http://pakistan.lead.org

Project Leader

Dr. Munir Ahmad

Institution

Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad

Institution Country

Pakistan

Institution Website

http://www.pide.org.pk/index.html