Tool Basics: Who What and When

Who Should Use This Tool and for What?

Who: Development practitioners and Task Team Leaders designing agriculture-focused projects. The tooI covers a range of physical and non-physical investments and includes the following categories of Sub-sectors:
  • Irrigation and Drainage
  • Crops and Land Management
  • Livestock
  • Rural Transport
  • Storage and Processing
Non-physical components addressed include awareness raising, agricultural and veterinary extension, and research. Note that fisheries and forestry are best addressed in the General Tool.

What Does This Tool Do?

What the tool does: It serves as a self-paced guide for practicing due diligence during project design. Specifically, it guides users through a high-level screening of projects for risks from climate and geophysical hazards. Using this tool will help ensure project teams that they have considered what effects climate change and natural disasters could have on a project.
The greatest value of the tool is that it provides a structured and systematic process for understanding climate and disaster risks. The actual risk ratings themselves, while instructive, should inform further consultations and dialogue, and help determine the appropriate level of effort for further studies during project design. The tool does not provide a detailed risk analysis, nor does it suggest specific options for making a project more resilient.

When Should This Tool Be Used?

When: At an early “concept” stage of project development.
Note that a good understanding of the project location and components is required. The tool can be revisited if a project is modified or additional information is acquired.
This tool is a form of due diligence. It does not review needs or recommend solutions in sufficient detail for input into project design.

What If Climate And Disasters Have Already Been Considered In Design?

If your project team has already designed measures to reduce risks from climate and disasters, use of this tool is still recommended. It helps ensure that a broad range of hazards are considered, including some that might not have been identified earlier. The project team should then be sure the risk ratings they apply in the tool reflect the measures they have already designed.
For example, if your project team is already planning to base the design of an irrigation system on future climate projections of precipitation, your rating of potential impact in this tool should be lower than if you did not have plans to do so. Whenever a potential impact rating is revised downwards for this reason, the teams using the tool could include explanatory notes to clarify this and validate ratings with others reviewing the screening.