chapter  5
18 Pages

Building Resilience

ByDavid Dodman, Jessica Ayers, Saleemul Huq

Climate change is going to present society with a variety of new challenges. Individuals, households, and communities around the world-but particularly in low-and middleincome nations-will all be affected in the coming years and decades. Changes in mean temperature are going to affect food production and water availability, changes in mean sea level will increase coastal inundation, and more-frequent and more-intense extreme events will result in more damage and loss of life from floods and storms. On top of this, rising temperatures can increase the burden of malnutrition, diarrheal illnesses, cardiorespiratory diseases, and infections. These challenges are felt particularly strongly in some of the poorest regions of the world. As Mama Fatuma, a butcher and long-term resident of Njoro Division in Kenya, puts it: “These days we do not know what is happening. Either there is too much rain or none

at all. This is not useful to us. When there is too much rain, the floods that result cause us harm. When there is not enough rain, the dry conditions do us harm.”1