We conceived the project ‘Creating Livelihood Adaptations under Drought (CLAD)’ with the goal of building resilience, for 15,000 small and marginal farmers, in the 3 states of Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh, to combat the effects of drought, hunger and food insecurity. An effort was made to conduct Participatory Capacity and Vulnerability Assessment with the objectives of orienting and involving project stakeholders to identify the impact of drought on livelihood, understand community perceptions on climate change impacts, existing coping/adaptation measures and find out contextualized solutions. The publication is a compilation of this journey.