Monthly Archives: June 2012

Kulima director nominated to IPCC Fifth Assessment Report Technical Summary writing team

Dr Katharine Vincent has been nominated to act as a Lead Author for the Technical Summary of Working Group 2 (Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation) of the forthcoming IPCC Fifth Assessment Report.  The Technical Summary distills key messages from all the chapters into a short document that is accessible to a wide range of users.  The drafting process will begin shortly, and authors will next meet at the 3rd Lead Authors Meeting for WG2 in Buenos Aires in October.  Katharine is a Lead Author on the Rural Areas chapter, and a Contributing Author to the Africa chapter.

Kulima is in Maputo to launch a new project on climate change, health, disasters and agriculture in Mozambique

Dr Katharine Vincent is currently in Maputo to launch a new project on climate change, health, disasters and agriculture in Mozambique.  The project, funded by CDKN, was requested by the Government of Mozambique, who are keen to fill the data gap in research around how climate change will intersect with health status to create vulnerability to disasters in agricultural communities.  The steering committee comprises representatives from the Ministry of Health (MISAU), Ministry for the Coordination of Environmental Affairs (MICOA), Food Security and Nutrition Secretariat (SETSAN) and the National Disaster Management Institute (INGC).  The project will run from June until December, and is being implemented in conjunction with colleagues at the CSIR and Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo.

Kulima supports CARE in developing a project to engender disaster risk reduction in Mozambique

Kulima has been supporting CARE International in Mozambique to develop a project to engender disaster risk reduction in Mozambique.  Mozambique has a world class policy and institutional framework for disaster risk reduction, and a very effective National Disaster Management Institute.  At the national level, commitments have also been made to gender equality, but at the grassroots level women and girl children remain systematically disadvantaged.  This project aims to give them a voice through developing a methodology for gender-sensitive community vulnerability and capacity assessments, based on CARE’s well-established CVCA toolkit, and identify gender-specific vulnerabilities that can be remedied by other CARE projects and programmes.  The proposal for the 22-month project will be submitted to the German funder, BMZ.