Lauren Cloward ’16 (Environmental Studies) is currently in Burkina Faso, examining the intersection between food and water security in the face of climate change. Lauren is working with ESS chair Leslie Gray to investigate how local adaptations, food and water systems, and institutions impact food and water security and smallholder resilience in the Central Plateau region of Burkina Faso. They are conducting a household survey of approximately 200 households, leading key informant interviews, and collecting GIS data points of community resources for mapping in three villages in the commune of Zam. They hope to understand the role of micro-dams in promoting resilience in the face of drought. Their work will employ a local team of research assistants and the results will be presented to research communities upon completion.