Preparing Smallholder Farm Families to Adapt to Climate Change | Pocket Guide 3: Managing Water Resources


Many of the families who farm small, unirrigated plots in the tropics already struggle against poverty, degraded land, and rainfall that varies from year to year. This type of farming, sometimes called rainfed agriculture, is especially vulnerable to climate change. This guide is part of set, Preparing Smallholder Farm Families to Adapt to Climate Change, written for development practitioners working in the agriculture sector. The concepts, information and practices in these guides are meant to support work with farm families and to help reduce their risks from weather changes.

While this guide on managing water resources provides a few basic concepts, guiding principles and practices to evaluate, test and use with farm families and rural communities to manage water resources and respond to climate change. Practices include improved rainwater harvesting, rainwater storage. and more efficient use of water.

The guide has four parts:

  • Understanding concepts: the effects of climate change on water for agriculture
  • Assessing climate change risks for water and appraising agricultural vulnerability
  • Recommending practices for water adaptation through improved water management
  • Mobilizing community planning and action to adapt to climate change

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Catholic Relief Services
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