Drawing on political science and economics and with a special focus on adaptation for food security and agriculture, it will be determined whether there exists a global adaptation governance regime and what interests have shaped it. Furthermore, the political economy of international financial support for adaptation will be revealed, through a quantitative analysis of possible political and economic determinants in addition to level of vulnerability.

Finally, the significance of indirect impacts on national food security occurring through food trade will be assessed, through a review of global climate-economic models and analysis of current import dependency of countries. Possible policy implications will be identified and actual consideration of indirect impact in national adaptation strategies in two developed (Sweden, Australia) and two developing countries (Cambodia, Tanzania) will be examined.

This four-year research project (2013-2016) is funded by the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning, Formas. The project was awarded funds under a call for social sciences and humanities research on sustainable development.

External link to funder: www.formas.se