Monthly Archives: July 2014

Kulima director in Cameroon to assess agricultural adaptation

farmer groupDr Katharine Vincent is currently in Cameroon to visit with farmers' groups in the forested zone in the southwest of the country to see what responses they have been putting into practice in response 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 and commodity types were selected for further investigation at a workshop in 2013. The visit follows related ones to Zambia in April, Togo in May, and Burkina Faso earlier in July. The final results of the study are anticipated in early 2015.

SEED launches report of its South Africa symposium with inputs from Kulima

SEEDSymposium-KeyVisual_The SEED Initiative – Supporting Entrepreneurs for Sustainable Development – has launched the report of its 2014 South Africa Symposium, which was rapporteured by Kulima. The symposium took place in Pretoria in March 2014 and had the theme "Advancing the Green Economy: creating jobs and opportunities for innovative green enterprises". The conference addressed success factors of the growth of social and environmental entrepreneurship and also provided a discussion space for 6 priority areas for supporting the growth of social and environmental enterprises in South Africa: namely access to finance, capacity building, legal  issues, market information and access, the regulatory environment, and technology and innovation. A short video is also available which covers some of the solutions.

Kulima director in Madagascar to run workshop on forests and climate adaptation

FAO workshopDr Katharine Vincent is in Antananarivo this week to facilitate a workshop of government representatives who will decide upon the particular design of activities to take place within the remit of a forest adaptation project in Madagascar. In conjunction with FAO, Kulima is 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. 

Kulima director in Burkina Faso to assess agricultural adaptation

Koudougou hotel administratifDr Katharine Vincent is currently in Burkina Faso to visit with agriculture, water, environment and animal health staff and NGO representatives in the Central West region to see what responses they have been observing to climate change, and how their activities are supporting agricultural adaptation by farmers. 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. The visit follows related ones to Zambia in April and Togo in May. The final results of the study are anticipated in early 2015.