As climate change impacts intensify, many countries will need to undertake long-term, systemic transformative adaptation actions – and will require finance to support such significant changes. But what exactly does this look like, and when are such approaches needed? Leading resilience experts explain.

Oranges are the new coffee, or at least they are in parts of Costa Rica, where rising temperatures have led some farmers to abandon the heat-sensitive beans in favor of fruits better suited for warmer weather. And these former coffee growers are not alone.

Agriculture is one of the sectors most vulnerable to climate change, and many farmers around the world are now contending with intensifying impacts. Rising sea levels are drowning Bangladeshi fields in salt water; extreme droughts are decimating livestock populations across Ethiopia; and wildfires have charred orchards throughout western America.

Relying solely on incremental adaptation strategies that seek to maintain existing production systems, such as introducing drought-resistant seeds or micro-irrigation, will no longer be enough to build resilience in every situation. Feeding the world’s growing population, making adaptation investments that reduce vulnerability over the longer term and reducing escalating risks of conflict over scarce resources will increasingly require broader, more systemic shifts in agricultural production – transformative adaptation.

But what exactly is transformative adaptation, and how can it best be planned, funded and implemented? Join leading resilience experts from WRI, the World Bank and Tetra Tech as they dive into what this new approach is, how to identify situations that warrant such significant changes and strategies for effective, widespread implementation.


Rebecca CarterDeputy Director, Climate Resilience Practice, World Resources Institute @WRIGovernance

Arame TallSenior Climate Specialist, Climate Change Group, World Bank, @ArameTall3

Richard Choularton, Director, Agriculture and Economic Growth, Tetra Tech, @RChoularton

Stefanie TyeResearch Analyst, Climate Resilience Practice, World Resources Institute, @tyestefanie

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