Climate & Environment

Those who bear the least responsibility for climate change suffer its effects the most. Here’s what we’re doing about that.

We promote eco-friendly farming techniques that are tailored to local environments and designed to improve food security and nutrition, helping communities sustainably manage water and other natural resources.

Climate and Environment Statistics: 17.2 million people were forcibly displaed last year due to climate crises and disasters. 33% of the planet's arable land has been lost in the last 40 years. 700 million people live in a water-stressed area. 29 million people last year faced hunger due to climate change.

The UN estimates that 70% of disasters are now climate related. By 2030, climate change could force more than 100 million people into extreme poverty. By that same year, half the world’s population is expected to live in a water-stressed area. 

Those who bear the least responsibility for climate change suffer its effects the most. These effects include food and water scarcity, lost livelihoods, lower education levels, and gender-based violence. In short, climate change perpetuates poverty.

Stand with those most affected by the climate crisis

How we do it

Climate Smart Agriculture

The majority of people Concern works with are involved in some way with farming and food production. In countries like Malawi and Afghanistan, it’s essentially everyone. Many of these communities are also on the frontlines of climate change. We work with rural communities to promote new growing techniques, source improved seeds, trial alternative crops, and implement soil protection practices.

We support communities to adopt Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) practices in order to become more resilient to a less-predictable climate. We also work to strengthen links with the private sector to facilitate access to supplies and equipment. We are committed to rolling out CSA to 600,000 farmers as part of our strategic plan, while also supporting the African Union to roll out CSA to 6 million farmers on the continent by 2021.

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Disaster Risk Reduction

Disaster risk reduction (DRR) protects the lives and livelihoods of communities and individuals who are most vulnerable to disasters or emergencies. Whether the crisis is caused by nature or humans (or a combination of both), DRR limits its negative impact on those who stand to lose the most.

In some cases, we can reduce the size of a disaster, its strength, or even how frequently it occurs. In tandem with this, we can also make sure that those who are most exposed to these hazards are able to better anticipate, survive, and recover. DRR focuses specifically on the three key dimensions of disaster risk:

  1. Exposure to hazards
  2. Vulnerability and capacity
  3. Characteristics of each hazard

With this in mind, the goal of DRR is to prevent new risks, reduce existing risks, and increase overall resilience.

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Nature-Based Solutions

We find solutions that protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural or modified ecosystems to address societal challenges. Nature-based solutions not only help to offset the immediate land degradation caused by climate change, but also address challenges like food security, water security, public health, and social and economic development.

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Climate Smart Agriculture

The majority of people Concern works with are involved in some way with farming and food production. In countries like Malawi and Afghanistan, it’s essentially everyone. Many of these communities are also on the frontlines of climate change. We work with rural communities to promote new growing techniques, source improved seeds, trial alternative crops, and implement soil protection practices.

We support communities to adopt Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) practices in order to become more resilient to a less-predictable climate. We also work to strengthen links with the private sector to facilitate access to supplies and equipment. We are committed to rolling out CSA to 600,000 farmers as part of our strategic plan, while also supporting the African Union to roll out CSA to 6 million farmers on the continent by 2021.

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Disaster Risk Reduction

Disaster risk reduction (DRR) protects the lives and livelihoods of communities and individuals who are most vulnerable to disasters or emergencies. Whether the crisis is caused by nature or humans (or a combination of both), DRR limits its negative impact on those who stand to lose the most.

In some cases, we can reduce the size of a disaster, its strength, or even how frequently it occurs. In tandem with this, we can also make sure that those who are most exposed to these hazards are able to better anticipate, survive, and recover. DRR focuses specifically on the three key dimensions of disaster risk:

  1. Exposure to hazards
  2. Vulnerability and capacity
  3. Characteristics of each hazard

With this in mind, the goal of DRR is to prevent new risks, reduce existing risks, and increase overall resilience.

Learn More
close

Nature-Based Solutions

We find solutions that protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural or modified ecosystems to address societal challenges. Nature-based solutions not only help to offset the immediate land degradation caused by climate change, but also address challenges like food security, water security, public health, and social and economic development.

Learn More

Our Impact

Concern's work in Climate Change by the numbers: 569,000 smallholder farmers reached with Climate Smart Agriculture. 247,000 trees planted in Malawi. 45,500 people in Chad reached with conservation agriculture. 170,000 in Pakistan reached with disaster risk reduction training.

And that’s just in one year.

For every dollar donated to Concern, $0.93 goes directly into our life-saving programs in 23 of the world’s most vulnerable countries. Your tax-deductible gift makes you part of a vital community that enables us to reach millions of people each year with dynamic climate response. 

Our work in action

The LEAF Project

Concern’s partnership with a US food ingredients giant has been producing exciting results in East Africa.

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Paribartan

Project Paribartan is helping over 1.2 million vulnerable people in 204 communities across Bangladesh and India become more resilient and adaptable to the challenges of climate change. By working hand in hand with communities to develop alternative livelihoods, grow climate-smart crops, prepare against future disasters, and rehabilitate degraded land, we are creating sustainable solutions to poverty while impacting positively on the environment. Multifaceted in its approach, Paribartan helps people improve their lives — and their environment:

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BRACED

“Any unexpected misfortune here could be disastrous for a family that is really only just surviving from day to day,” says Isaac Gahungu, who coordinates Concern’s programs in southeast Chad. “Disaster comes in many forms: lack of rain, too much rain, illness, accident, market volatility – it doesn’t take much.”

With this in mind, Concern has been working with poor and isolated communities to identify the biggest risks and come up with workable solutions. These include:

  • Introducing conservation agriculture into the community, which has made a difference in crop yields for farmers normally at the mercy of the weather. Those who have adopted conservation agriculture’s soil and moisture protection techniques have seen an amazing increase in reliability and yield. Ousman Zakariya saw his harvest of sorghum more than double from 11 sacks to 25. Now, he and others are sharing their knowledge with neighbors through Concern’s farmer field schools.
  • Establishing a village hardship fund for those who might fall on difficult times. Haron Said was the first to benefit from this when a fire destroyed his home and all of their possessions — just after his wife gave birth to their first child. “They helped us with building materials and labor to build a house,” he said, “and also gave us clothes and other household items.”
  • Training local health volunteers to bring basic, but life-saving knowledge to women and children in Chad who are susceptible to preventable illnesses. Iklass is one community health volunteer, and is visibly passionate about her work teaching families about the importance of good hygiene, nutrition, and timely visits to the local health center. Illness in a family member or breadwinner can spell disaster for those who rely on them, and the work of Iklass and others has had a noticeable impact.
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The LEAF Project

Concern’s partnership with a US food ingredients giant has been producing exciting results in East Africa.

Learn More
close

Paribartan

Project Paribartan is helping over 1.2 million vulnerable people in 204 communities across Bangladesh and India become more resilient and adaptable to the challenges of climate change. By working hand in hand with communities to develop alternative livelihoods, grow climate-smart crops, prepare against future disasters, and rehabilitate degraded land, we are creating sustainable solutions to poverty while impacting positively on the environment. Multifaceted in its approach, Paribartan helps people improve their lives — and their environment:

Learn More
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BRACED

“Any unexpected misfortune here could be disastrous for a family that is really only just surviving from day to day,” says Isaac Gahungu, who coordinates Concern’s programs in southeast Chad. “Disaster comes in many forms: lack of rain, too much rain, illness, accident, market volatility – it doesn’t take much.”

With this in mind, Concern has been working with poor and isolated communities to identify the biggest risks and come up with workable solutions. These include:

  • Introducing conservation agriculture into the community, which has made a difference in crop yields for farmers normally at the mercy of the weather. Those who have adopted conservation agriculture’s soil and moisture protection techniques have seen an amazing increase in reliability and yield. Ousman Zakariya saw his harvest of sorghum more than double from 11 sacks to 25. Now, he and others are sharing their knowledge with neighbors through Concern’s farmer field schools.
  • Establishing a village hardship fund for those who might fall on difficult times. Haron Said was the first to benefit from this when a fire destroyed his home and all of their possessions — just after his wife gave birth to their first child. “They helped us with building materials and labor to build a house,” he said, “and also gave us clothes and other household items.”
  • Training local health volunteers to bring basic, but life-saving knowledge to women and children in Chad who are susceptible to preventable illnesses. Iklass is one community health volunteer, and is visibly passionate about her work teaching families about the importance of good hygiene, nutrition, and timely visits to the local health center. Illness in a family member or breadwinner can spell disaster for those who rely on them, and the work of Iklass and others has had a noticeable impact.
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