Climate change impacts development. Increased frequency and intensity of extreme events damages schools, hospitals and roads. Changing precipitation patterns impact agricultural productivity. The incidence and distribution of water-borne and vector-borne diseases are changing. USAID activities have the potential to help people, communities, governments and other institutions in developing countries adapt to actual and expected changes in climate. USAID activities can also support reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, altering the very trajectory of climate change.

A number of USAID activities are now contributing to both climate change and development objectives. In addition, USAID is systematically conducting climate risk management of all new USAID strategies, projects and activities to improve their impact and sustainability. The agency also invests in formal and informal training of its staff on global climate change considerations to grow its technical capacity across all sectors to address climate change.

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