Climate change adaptation and the LDC
Palmujoki, Eero ;  Virtanen, Pekka ;  Gemechu, Dereje Terefe ;  Freie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik

Main titleClimate change adaptation and the LDC
Subtitleglobal climate policies, local institutions and food security in Ethiopia
AuthorPalmujoki, Eero
AuthorVirtanen, Pekka
AuthorGemechu, Dereje Terefe
InstitutionFreie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik
No. of Pages18 S.
Classification (DDC)300 Social sciences
AbstractThis paper explores climate change adaptation within national policy priorities in a least developed
country (LDC). The starting point of the article is that in the questions of food security, climate is
an exogenous trigger, while the deeper causes lie in social problems. Therefore, adaptation is
subordinate to poverty alleviation. The paper examines how these two goals are combined with
respect to different adaptation strategies and governance models. Recent studies have shown that
the most effective way to adapt to changing climate conditions in a poor country is to rely on local
institutions that have established and sustainable mechanisms to deal with extreme climate
The study analyses how the stakeholder model, which calls for the participation of both
governmental and non-governmental institutions, is applied in climate change adaptation activities
in Ethiopia. The study includes field research to study how local institutions are used to strengthen
the resilience of communities in changing climate conditions. The field study was carried out
among pastoral communities in the Borana Zone and in the lowland areas of the Guji Zone in the
Oromia Regional State of Ethiopia. The study is based on semi-structured interviews with key
stakeholders as well as secondary material consisting of policy statements, project documents and
research literature. The study concludes that local institutions are poorly integrated in the process
while traditional adaptation strategies, including mobility are practically neglected.
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FU DepartmentProceedings of the Berlin Conferences on   Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
Year of publication2010
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