Agriculture is the source of livelihood and sustenance for the majority of the Earth's poor and an engine of economic growth in much of the developing world. Climate risk is a challenge for agriculture everywhere, but especially for the hundreds of millions whose livelihoods depend on rainfed agriculture in marginal, high-risk environments.
The Financial Instruments Sector Team helps people overcome climate risk through financial tools like index insurance and index-based disaster risk management. Through our partners, collaborators, and educational activities, we are engaging the players necessary to represent the wide array of expertise and perspectives and build community driven solutions.
Earth Observation Applications
The IRI Earth Observation Applications group researches innovative and practical uses of Earth science data and knowledge. It supports applied research and applications projects that foster use of earth observations from satellites and ground-based measurements.
Public health emerges as the final common pathway for all impacts of climate variability and climate change on individuals as well as societies. It is essential that public health communities and government central planners understand the role climate plays in driving disease burden and affecting economic growth.