Many of the communities in which Concern works rely on agriculture for both food and income.
Faced with degraded land and extreme weather, farmers often contend with food insecurity and unreliable income. In the event of a climate disaster (including hurricane, cyclone, and drought), we address the first-response needs, while also looking for ways to both reduce the impacts of hazards on the lives and livelihoods of the people with whom we work.
We also promote eco-friendly farming techniques that are tailored to local environments and designed to improve food security and nutrition, help communities sustainably manage water and other natural resources.
How climate change threatens food security
Climate change is a threat multiplier for hungry and undernourished people, undermining sustainable development — including our goal of zero hunger by 2030. This piece is adapted from Rupa Mukerji’s essay, “Climate Change and Hunger,” published as part of the 2019 Global Hunger Index (coproduced by Concern and Welthungerhilfe).
Being climate smart: When coping is all you can do
For the subsistence farmers of southern Malawi, the causes of climate change are largely irrelevant. They are consumed with the business of coping. Almost everyone here relies on the land for survival, and traditionally almost everyone grows maize. But, as the weather has become more erratic over the years, that reliance has become a problem.
Battling climate change in Kenya with goats, gardens, and grass
As the geopolitical discussion on how to tackle climate change continues, the herders of northern Kenya have little choice but to deal with its effects. Here’s how we’re using the three Gs (and a W) to help them.
How Afghans are dealing with climate change
Vast areas of northern Afghanistan are on the move — literally. As the glaciers of the Hindu Kush begin to disappear and the mountain snows melt faster and earlier, the people below are facing a major crisis.
In 2018, we …
- Reached 400,000 people in Pakistan with climate disaster management plans
- Brought Climate Smart Agriculture to 1,240 farmers in South Sudan
- Helped 29,000 Sudanese in West Darfur build resilience against climate shock
- Provided relief for approximately half of those affected by Typhoon Soulik in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
- Set up environmental committees in 26 villages in Chad, which in turn spread messages about how to protect the environment to an estimated 1,200 people in their communities
- Trained 2,180 people in Somaliland in techniques like Climate Smart Agriculture
- Supported 30 small-scale farmer groups in Liberia against climate change