This study is an analysis of selected RNRRS projects to assemble, develop and promote new knowledge on poor peoples' capacities to adapt to climate change and variability, in order to formulate research questions and guide policy priorities within or outside DFID.
Variability is identified as the key parameter of climate change to which poor people must adapt. Some 105 research projects are reviewed. These are grouped into 26 Research Lines (suites, sequences or parallels). For each one a summary statement reinterprets its relevance to poor peoples' capacities to manage variability. These Lines are assigned to five thematic Research Areas and ways of taking the research forward are summarised.
Mortimore, M. 2006. Synthesis of RNRRS knowledge on adaptive capacity to climate change. Final Technical Report of project R8496. Sherboune, UK: Drylands Research. 19pp.