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Food Security and Climate Change in HKH Region

Partner: ICIMOD Nepal

Year: 2011

Locale:  Hindukush and Karakoram

Team Members: Shakeel Ahmed


SDPI in collaboration with ICIMOD Nepal investigated the relationship between food security and climate change in the South-Asia region particularly the Hindukush and Karakoram area. The project aims to determine effects of the climate change impacts on the poverty levels which in turn will raise the food security issue.  Assessments of climate change impact, adaptation and vulnerability (CCIAV) consist of number of inferences and serve as a useful tool to appraise stakeholders as well as the decision makers of the impending threats related to climate change. The project highlights the impacts of climate change on the communities of Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP) region.

Following the approach of participatory research methodology:

Stakeholder meetings were used as an opportunity to frame perceptions and assumptions for this study. The stakeholder input at various stage of this report proved to be invaluable.

Secondary data from Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD), Federal Bureau of Statistics and Gilgit-Baltistan Government was useful during the study of overtime changes in patters of maximum temperatures, minimum temperature, precipitation, snowfall etc.
Questionnaire-based primary data allowed our team to go at the household level and seek input on important socio-economic characteristics and impact of climate changes as seen by the residents.
In this way a stock of locally and globally produced knowledge was gathered in this area to find globally accepted practices.

Climate Change in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas

For More Information, Contact the Following Person:

Shakeel Ahmed Ramay