Food security in a changing climate


Partners of a joint project tackling issues related to climate change adaptation, food security and gender issues in the Hindu Kush Himalayas shared insights with Norwegian government officials, community leaders and the public in a half-day seminar during Arendalsuka on 14 August 2014 in Arendal, Norway.

The event was hosted by GRID-Arendal, Center for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo (CICERO), and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) – promoters of the Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP). The HICAP initiative is funded by the governments of Norway and Sweden.

Over 100 people attended the event – a part of the celebration of GRID-Arendal’s 25th anniversary 14-15 August, organized in conjunction with Arendalsuka (Arendal Week), an annual gathering of Norway’s political, business and community leaders.

The event served as a platform for dialogue between HICAP promoters and policy makers working on food security and gender issues in mountainous regions. It also provided a diverse Norwegian audience representative of policy, industry, politics and the general public an opportunity to see examples of Norwegian engagement in critical issues in a largely developing part of Asia.

Collaborative work carried out under the HICAP initiative on food security and the promotion of women’s leadership for enhancing climate change adaptation were showcased at the event.

One of the participants from Arendal said, “This brought the flavour of the Himalayas to Arendal. I am grateful for the dialogue on global challenges and local responses. Very inspiring!” Read more

Photo: GRID Arendal/Riccardo Pravettoni

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