Monthly Archives: October 2016

Kulima director in Cape Town for UMFULA annual meeting

Lower Shire floodplainDr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town this week for the annual meeting of the UMFULA project. "Uncertainty Reduction in Models for Understanding Development Applications" (UMFULA) is part of the Future Climate for Africa programme, and concerned with climate services in central and southern Africa, particulary the Lower Shire and Rufiji basins. The annual meeting brings together all the project partners-Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, the universities of Leeds, Manchester, Oxford, Sussex, Cape Town, KwaZulu Natal, Dar es Salaam, Yaounde, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, and Kulima Integrated Development Solutions-to plan activities for the coming year.

Kulima director in Nairobi for design meeting of the Western Indian Ocean Deltas Exchanges and Research Network

deltaDr Katharine Vincent is in Nairobi this week to participate in the design meeting for a new initiative – the Western Indian Ocean Deltas Exchanges and Research Network (WIODER). The project will be a partnership between a number of organisations and programmes with interests in environmental and social sustainability of deltas within a context of climate change. These include IDRC, Institut de Recherche pour le Developpment, UNESCO-IHE, and a variety of African universities and research institutions. The project is particularly intended to build on lessons learned and test transferability from existing projects in which the partnering institutions are involved – including Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA).

Kulima director in Malawi to support design of climate resilience programme

Malawi marketDr Katharine Vincent is in Malawi this week with colleagues from LTS International and the Global Climate Adaptation Partnership to support the design of a climate resilience programme. The programme, which is likely to last 5 years and be supported by a number of donors, aims to bring together various interventions in the resilience, livelihoods, social protection and humanitarian assistance spheres in order to enable climate-resilient development in Malawi. The week will involve consultations with various government and non-government stakeholders. Katharine's particular role is to assess the political economy to inform effective design, and to ensure that the approach is gender-responsive.

New paper on mainstreaming conservation agriculture in Malawi with inputs from Kulima

CA in MadagascarA paper entitled "Mainstreaming conservation agriculture in Malawi: Knowledge gaps and institutional barriers" is now available online in the Journal of Environmental Management. The paper highlights the ways in which conservation agriculture discourses play out at different levels of governance. It looks at the roles of different actors from both the government and non-government spheres, and how they affected the practice of conservation agriculture and the implications for sustainable land management. Dr Katharine Vincent is a co-author on the paper, which is is led by Professor Andy Dougill and colleagues at the University of Leeds, with Dr David Mkwambisi from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

New paper on the Vulnerability, Impacts, Adaptation and Climate Services Advisory Board with inputs from Kulima

VIACS paper

A paper on the role of the Vulnerability, Impacts, Adaptation and Climate Services Advisory Board (VIACS AB v1.0) and its contribution to CMIP6 has been published in Geoscientific Model Development. CMIP6 is the mechanism for comparing global climate models. The VIACS advisory board represents the researchers who use climate information as one input to analyse vulnerability, impacts and adaptation. The aim is to inform the CMIP6 impact model outputs by highlighting priority variables. Dr Katharine Vincent is a member of the VIACS Advisory Board and a co-author on the paper.