Research Pillar 3: Place-Based Pathways to Adaptation

Challenges to Indigenous food systems are projected to increase with climate change, and communities will have to adapt.

But, will adaptation strategies and options be able to offset food-related climate change impacts?

This pillar tackles this question by identifying, evaluating, and prioritizing potential policies, programs, and initiatives at community, regional, and national levels that can serve to reduce vulnerability and strengthen resilience to the effects of climate change on Indigenous food systems, security, and safety in partnering communities.

Adaptation refers to policies and strategies to reduce climate change vulnerability and support resilience.

These responses may be reactive or anticipatory, ranging from addressing the underlying social determinants of vulnerability to designing interventions to a known risk, and encompass actions at various scales. The importance of adaptation is recognized by decision makers in general, and our study regions in particular.

This research pillar will build upon longstanding collaborations with communities and decision makers in all 3 regions by:

  1. Identify and evaluate climate-related agri-food adaptations occurring formally or informally at multiple scales (e.g. health registries, surveillance, early warning systems, emergency preparedness, and existing and planned health policies and practices)
  2. Develop a conceptual framework to identify key characteristics by which selected policies, programs, and initiatives across sectors can be evaluated vis a vis vulnerability reduction
  3. Develop an analytical framework to structure the evaluation.

The framework will be an important output for academia and decision makers, provide a basis for comparing adaptations within and across scales, and build upon our considerable work in this area.