Measuring farm households’ vulnerability and resilience to climate shocks now possible, new research shows
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Measurement can improve interventions and help smallholder farmers adapt better
A household’s vulnerability to climate shocks and its resilience to recover can now be measured, suggests a recently published study. The study’s authors have turned their measurement approach into an easy-to-use framework using data from smallholder households facing droughts in India.
Vulnerability and resilience are two interrelated factors in climate change research. The authors say vulnerability is determined by exposure, sensitivity and a pre-existing capacity to adapt to the climate shock (in this case, drought), resilience is the ability of households to recover.