This research protocol and field guide was originally designed to serve as a reference for UNU-EHS and CARE working on the Where the Rainfalls project. The protocol was designed for the entire research team, especially for the young researchers from the case study countries as a practical handbook. This protocol should be looked at as a first generation effort to develop methodologies for field research. The research method is now shared with a broader audience to foster exchange of experience and further refinement in methodologies to research the interactions of environmental change and human mobility. We encourage others to use our protocol as a template, and refine this methodology to create comparative data in different cases worldwide.

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Rainfall Variability, Food Security and Human Mobility

An Approach for Generating Empirical Evidence

Part I briefly explains the rationale behind the research methods chosen for theRainfalls project. Parts II – IV provide guidelines for the training workshops which preceded fieldwork in each case study country (Guatemala, Peru, Tanzania, Ghana, India, Bangladesh, Thailand and Vietnam). The overarching purpose of Parts II–IV is to help Rainfalls researchers maintain consistent approaches and undertake “trouble-shooting” that minimize threats to the validity of research findings. Parts II – IV of this document also explain the entire research process from preparation, data gathering, and data analysis, to reporting.