Local Governance and Adapting to Climate Change

The Local Governance and Adapting to Climate Change project seeks to identify characteristics of land governance systems and property right regimes most likely to increase household adaptive capacity across agro-pastoral areas of sub-Sahara Africa.

In particular, the project aims to:

1) Understand the influence of governance, including institutions and property rights regimes on the capacity to adapt to climate change

2) Document the role that social differentiation plays with respect to access to and management of communally-held natural resources and how existing governance systems may reinforce or reduce social inequalities

3) Share lessons learned with local partners and policy makers and jointly develop forward-looking development scenarios that factor in future expected changes in climate and other relevant drivers of change

4) Provide a decision-support tool that helps stakeholders take better-informed decisions regarding the types of policies, investments, and interventions most likely to contribute to successful climate change adaptation in different ecological and socio-economic conditions

This study focuses on semi-arid areas of Burkina Faso and Kenya characterized by livestock and mixed crop-livestock production systems. In particular, the study looks at areas where communities are highly dependent on communal land and natural resources that are exposed to significant climate shifts.

The research employs a case study approach, and uses mixed methods. Data collection methods at the household and community level include focus group discussions, mapping of community institutions, community resource mapping, and other participatory research methods. Surveys and semi-structured in-depth interviews at the household level are also administered. Key informants in the respective communities, local decision-makers and external experts are also included in the research.

The project team collaborates with national agricultural research institutions, relevant ministries and subnational agencies, locally operating NGOs and other partners in both countries.

The Local Governance and Adapting to Climate Change project runs from 2015 to 2017, and is jointly implemented by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

Contact person: Lisa Fuchs

LGACC project profile (English)

LGACC project profile (French)