What\’s the difference between adaptation and development?

How do we differentiate between adaptation and development? Are development projects being re-branded to show that they are meeting climate change goals in a bid to attract funds? Or is adaptation just the latest fad; nothing more than development with a climate change hat on? Drip irrigation is ubiquitous in water-scarce Kolar. Photo by ChandniContinue reading “What\’s the difference between adaptation and development?”

Farming and the license to dream (notes from the CBA9 conference)

I am in Africa. After listening to stories of my mother catching a colourful fish in the River Kafue and of my grandfather driving from Nairobi to Lusaka in the 70s, it is finally my chance to see this inspiring, beautiful, and complex continent. I am in Nairobi at the 9th International Conference on Community-Continue reading “Farming and the license to dream (notes from the CBA9 conference)”

Interview | CARIAA Young Researchers

Filling up a monitoring form for a medicinal plant nursery in Keylong, Himachal Pradesh (2008).¬† Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) is an IDRC and DFID funded project working on building resilience of vulnerable populations in vulnerability hotspots. As part of their¬†series on young researchers working on climate change issues, I wasContinue reading “Interview | CARIAA Young Researchers”

ASSAR Annual Meeting: Notes on collaborative, interdisciplinary research

On my first day as a postdoctoral researcher on the ASSAR (Adaptation at Scale in Semi-arid Regions) project, I was hurled into a week-long ASSAR Annual Meeting held at IIHS, Bangalore. A wonderful mix between workshop, project meeting, networking event and academic brainstorming session, the week was the best possible induction I could get intoContinue reading “ASSAR Annual Meeting: Notes on collaborative, interdisciplinary research”