Climate change is an unprecedented threat to the food security of hundreds
of millions of people. Climate change affects agriculture and food security, and likewise, agriculture and natural resource management affect the climate system. These complex and dynamic relationships are also shaped by economic policies, political conflict and other factors such as the spread of infectious diseases.
Adato's presentation outlines the value of qualitative methods, saying that they can represent complex realities and project outcomes. Qualitative methods are effective at capturing issues because they allow for elaboration, follow-up and probing, unanticipated issues, and because they solicit local solutions to problems. Adato outlines examples of conditional cash transfer programs and how qualitative methods were used to examine these programs.