Food Security

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 127–136 | Cite as

Climate change, flooding and food security in south Asia

  • Ian DouglasEmail author
Original Paper


The most vulnerable groups in terms of food security during floods in south Asia under climate change will be the poor, women and children. Current procedures for the transfer of climate adaptation funds tend to marginalize these groups. Food production is being disrupted by flooding more frequently and more severely than before, due to climate change. By 2080 the situation is likely to be much worse than at present. Adaptation has to encourage management of all stages of food security, from the farm to the consumer, both urban and rural. Measures have to be participatory, from the community to the international level. While many individual initiatives offer hope and demonstrate good practice, institutional, economic and environmental factors may all impede the maintenance and enhancement of food security in south Asia. Innovative forms of food production, distribution and storage will have to be developed.


Climate change Flooding Food security Poverty Women Children 



I thank Richard Strange, Maureen Douglas and two anonymous referees for their helpful and constructive comments on earlier drafts of the manuscript. Maureen Douglas also suggested and drafted Fig. 1. Graham Bowden drew the final versions of the two figures.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Environment and DevelopmentUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK

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