Topic outline

  • About the course

    This two-lesson course focuses on the impact of climate change on rural livelihoods and how climate change and variability interact with other factors to drive migration. It considers the conditions necessary for migration to be an adaptation strategy to climate change that can ultimately strengthen resilience, so that migration is a choice not a necessity.

    • The course is aligned with Sustainable Development Goals 10 and 13.

      • Individuals who would especially benefit from taking the course include:

        • UN Country Teams and FAO Staff
        • Planners, policy formulators and advisors on migration, agriculture and rural development
        • Managers and technical staff in the ministries responsible for agriculture, rural development, migration, employment and others
        • General public
        • How climate change affects rural livelihoods, multiplies threats and drives migration.
        • The importance of context in mobility responses to climate change and the challenges associated with predicting and communicating migration trends.
        • The range of outcomes from climate related migration, from long term resilience, through to maladaptation
        • The potential of remittances to meet basic needs, and enhance long-term resilience
        • The social implications of migration on men, women and children
        • The role of policy to create an enabling environment for migration as an adaptation

        The course consists of 2 lessons of approximately 45 to 60 minutes duration each:

        • Lesson 1 – Climate change, rural livelihoods and population movement
        • Lesson 2 – Migration and adaptation to climate change

        This e-learning course was produced with financial support from IrishAid and FAO's Flexible Multi-Partner Mechanism (FMM) Resource Partners.

        Irish Aid

        The online version of this course runs on the latest versions of the major browsers, such as Chrome, Safari, Edge and Firefox. 

         The downloadable version only runs on Windows PC’s and no additional software is needed.

        • Take your digital badge certification

          To be granted a digital certification from the FAO elearning Academy, you will have to take a final exam after you’ve finished this course and achieve a grade of at least 75%.

          Please click on the button below to complete the exam.

          After completing your final exam, you will receive an email with your digital badge and a link to where you can download your printable certificate


          What is a digital badge?
          Digital badges are online visual representations of skills, knowledge and competencies earned through learning. They are used to recognise both formal and informal learning in many sectors and industries.

          Please refer to our Certification section to learn more on digital badges and how to share them on social media or your online CV.


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