Monthly Archives: May 2014

Kulima directors in Zambia to run workshop on forests and climate adaptation

forestDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are in Lusaka this week to facilitate a workshop of government representatives who will be deciding upon the particular design of activites to take place within the remit of a forest adaptation project in Zambia.  In conjunction with FAO, they are supporting the development of a project concept note for submission to the Least Developed Countries Fund. A number of southern African countries, including Malawi and Zambia, are participating in the development of a regional programme on forests, rangelands and climate change adaptation, first conceived of at a regional workshop hosted by FAO and SADC in Johannesburg in June 2013. This visit builds on an earlier scoping trip to inform stakeholders of the planned project.

Kulima director in Togo to assess agricultural adaptation

Togo farmingDr Katharine Vincent is currently in Togo to visit with maize and sorghum farmers – and farmers' organisations working with them - in the southern maritime climatic zone to see how they are responding to climate change. Agricultural adaptations are being assessed in six countries across Africa as part of a project managed by Kulima and UNIQUE Landuse and Forestry that seeks to identify agricultural adaptation best practices on behalf of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme. Different farming systems and commodity types were selected for further investigation at a workshop in 2013. This visit follows from a related one to Zambia in April 2014. The final results of the study are anticipated in early 2015.

Kulima director continues trip to Malawi to wrap up ADAPT-PLAN project proposal

Malawi roadDr Katharine Vincent continues her trip to Malawi this week to hold a stakeholder workshop to finalise the project document for the ADAPT-PLAN project, on integrating adaptation into decision-making, which has been accepted at concept stage for funding by the GEF under the Least Developed Countries Fund.  This finalisation follows several rounds of consultations; at the district and national-level; and also presentation to (and endorsement by) the Climate Change Technical Committee.  The project sets up the institutional framework to encourage integration of adaptation into District Development Plans in 3 districts (Nkhata Bay, Ntcheu and Zomba) and 3 national departments (Agriculture, Water and Forestry) through the use of finance linked to identification and attainment of appropriate adaptation indicators.

Kulima directors in Malawi for forest adaptation and Future Climate For Africa

seasonal forecastDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are in Malawi this week undertaking consultations for two current projects.  In conjunction with FAO, they are supporting the development of a project concept note for submission to the Least Developed Countries Fund.  Like Zambia, Malawi is participating in the development of a regional programme on forests, rangelands and climate change adaptation, first conceived of at a regional workshop hosted by FAO and SADC in Johannesburg in June 2013. Consultations will take place in order to determine the nature of country-specific activities within the broad remit of the regional programme.  They are also undertaking consultations, in partnership with the University of Leeds, with relevant stakeholders in food security, social protection and disaster resilience as part of the Malawi case study for the Future Climate For Africa programme.  This project is concerned with identifying the weather and climate needs of decision-makers.  The consultations will focus on understanding decision-making processes in order to design scenarios and simulations that will form the basis of a workshop in August.  A background paper on the weather and climate data availability and sources has been published.