After the Drought: The 2012 Drought, Russian Farmers, and the Challenges of Adapting to Extreme Weather Events

Daria Ukhova
Created: 12/10/2013 -


Extreme weather events are becoming increasingly common in Russia, and the 2012 drought confirmed this trend. However, Russia still has only a small number of specific agricultural adaptation measures in place. This case study analyses the key difficulties that small-scale farmers faced as a result of the 2012 drought and discusses possible adaptation measures, which could be used to confront these. It argues that climate change and the absence of adaptation policies are creating food security problems and a livelihood crisis for small-scale farmers. Specific and well-designed adaptation policies could significantly ameliorate the problems faced by the Russian agricultural sector, and must be introduced as soon as possible.

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Our Vision


Sector Addressed
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Governance and Policy
Create new or enhance existing policies or regulations
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Growing season
Storms or extreme weather events
Sociopolitical Setting