Livelihood Adaptation to Climate Change (LACC) Project
Improving adaptive capacity to climate variability and change for sustainable food and livelihood security in drought prone and coastal regions of Bangladesh
The project promoted from 2005 to 2009 climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction processes and capacities for sustainable livelihoods and food security in the rural sectors including crops, livestock, fisheries and forestry and other key factors of rural livelihoods in the drought prone and coastal regions of Bangladesh.
- Executed by Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) under the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA),
- Subcomponent of Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme (CDMP Phase I) of the Ministry of Food and Disaster Management of Bangladesh (MoFDM) funded by UNDP, DFID and EC
- Technical guidance by FAO
Under the overarching objective of CDMP to strengthen the capacity of the Bangladesh disaster management system, in particular related to Component 4b which seeks “to establish an integrated approach to manage climate risks at the national and local levels”, the immediate project objectives are to
- introduce, improve and further strengthen institutional and technical capacities for improved adaptation to climate variability and change; addressing technology needs for adaptation, awareness raising and climate information needs.
- implement in a participatory way and jointly with local communities good practices and strategies to effectively address climate change adaptation and disaster preparedness and develop strategies for their long term sustainability.
- provide recommendations for up-scaling and mainstreaming of successfully pilot tested livelihood adaptation options into development planning and policy decision making.
Project period and follow-up:
Phase 1: 2005-2007 (LACC I), Phase 2: 2008 -2009 (LACC II)
Making best use of its limited budget of 900,000 US $ over four years the LACC project succeeded in two subsequent implementation phases (LACC I and II) to test and establish together with DAE and other Partner Institutes (including BRRI, BARI, BFRI) a solid approach to promote adaptation actions of poor, small scale farmers to climate variability and change. Through intensive action research, participatory planning with pilot communities, and detailed technical documentation, it established a sound foundation for wider replication of successfully tested small scale adaptation options. Based on that, it also succeeded in mobilizing 4 mio US $ for DAE to move into a third phase (LACC III) under CDMP II, to further expand geographically and implement at a much wider scale the replication of good practice options for adaptation.
The 3rd phase of the LACC project funded by the Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme – Phase II is now directly implemented by DAE.