Theme 3a: Climate risk management in Agriculture
Extreme weather conditions will have a serious effect on vulnerable production systems and increase the risk on disappointing yields. This risk must be managed, for example by more robust production systems or better forecasts for farmers at a variety of time scales. Risk management is broader than crop and animal production systems alone. Greater resilience of the livelihoods of the rural poor are at stake. This implies that technical and social domains (e.g. insurance) need to be considered, emphasizing not only the dynamics in each domain but the nature and dynamics of their linkages. This working group will focus on the social, economic and technological options and their inter linkage for a higher resilience of resource systems.


Natasha runs the CDKN Research Output from her base in the Overseas Development Institute. Natasha specialises in climate change, adaptation and international development. As a Research Fellow at ODI, Natasha has worked on adaptation policy, international negotiations, international and national policy, and adaptation planning in West Africa, with a focus on agriculture. Natasha brings a background of expertise in agriculture, natural resource management, social development and pro-poor policy to her work on climate change and is particularly interested in integrating knowledge on climate change into development policy and action.  She has worked with many international entities (e.g. UNDP, GDPRD, IFAD), research institutions, and NGOs over the last 10 years.
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Sam Bickersteth - Introduction to the theme
Sam Bickersteth, Chief Executive Officer CDKN
Sam became CEO of CDKN in January 2011. In this role he is responsible for leading CDKN’s strategy and delivery, ensuring coherent direction across its regional and global outputs on knowledge management, research, technical assistance and partnerships. Sam brings an established background in international development, natural resources and climate change, having worked for DFID and Oxfam over a number of years. From 2006 to 2010 he was head of programme policy at Oxfam and prior to that led DFID programmes in Mozambique, Bolivia and Nepal. He has lived and worked in Sri Lanka, Sudan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bolivia and Mozambique and travelled widely in his roles as researcher, policy adviser, and programme manager. Most recently he was leading international donor efforts to mainstream agriculture into climate change policy and negotiations.

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