India is considered one of the most exposed and vulnerable countries to climate change and its devastating impacts in the world. Extreme heatwaves, drought, tropical cyclones, floods, irregular rainfall, and shifting monsoon patterns are all packed into a hazard mix that could lead India to deal with a myriad of social, political, economic and security challenges for many generations to come. In order to prevent, mitigate, and respond to climate change, India must come to better grips with the actions it can and should take at regional and district level. Early warning and early action will be essential.
Odisha province – one of India’s poorest and most agriculture-dependent regions hit the hardest by climate change – is a case in point. This brief explains how the climate-food-poverty nexus in Odisha may be better managed to build resilience and avert disaster.
Authors: Assistant analyst Sneha Mahapatra and Senior strategic analyst Laura Birkman.
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