Where the Rain Falls

Can understanding rain enable change?

This global study explores links between climate change, food and livelihood security and human mobility

Where the Rain Falls is a CARE on-going, 9-year adaptation program that began in 2011.

It started with a three-year phase, mixing research, advocacy, and adaptation activities on changing weather patterns, hunger and human mobility.

©CARE/Josh Estey

©CARE/Josh Estey

The Where the Rain Falls research study helped to better understand and effectively address the relationship between changing weather patterns, food security, social inequalities, and human mobility. It particularly sheds light on the circumstances under which poor and vulnerable populations use migration as a risk management strategy in response to threats to their livelihood and reveals the conditions that can facilitate or hinder their ability to make an informed, free choice to stay or to move.

More than 1500 households in eight countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America participated in this research and the study was completed in 2012, with findings launched at the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP18) in Doha. Results have subsequently been shared at events in France, the U.S., Bangladesh (CBA7), and the different research countries. Read the full report.

Building on the results of the research, community-based adaptation projects have been designed and were implemented in collaboration with communities in Bangladesh, Thailand, Peru, India and Tanzania to make an immediate contribution towards reducing their vulnerability to worsening agro-climatic risks. Today, the program is still going on in Thailand, Bangladesh and India. In the other countries, other adaptation initiatives are now being implemented.

The project is an initiative of CARE France, in partnership with the United Nations University for the research phase, with financial support from the AXA Group, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

Read this learning report from the programme and this report on 2014-2016 results and outcomes.


Click the tabs below to learn more about the community-based adaptation projects in Thailand, Bangladesh, and India. 

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