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Kulima facilitating validation workshop for the ECOWAS Disaster Risk Reduction Gender Strategy and Action Plan

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Dakar this week to facilitate the validation workshop for the ECOWAS Disaster Risk Reduction Gender Strategy and Action Plan 2020-30. In partnership with Cowater International and the GFDRR, Katharine has been leading a team to draft the strategy and action plan. This is aligned with the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction and the existing ECOWAS Disaster Risk Reduction Strategy, together with relevant international and continental gender commitments, and has been based on international good practice and priorities identified through consultations with government and non-government stakeholders in the ECOWAS Secretariat and among the 15 Member States.

Kulima participating in Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Mombasa this week to participate in the 54th edition of the Greater Horn of Africa Climate Forum and then a meeting of the Disaster Risk Management Technical Committee of IGAD. She will be presenting progress to date on the mainstreaming of gender into disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation for the IGAD region, which is being undertaken in partnership with Cowater International

Kulima represented on editorial team for Frontiers in Climate Special Issue on Extreme Events in the Developing World

Dr Katharine Vincent is joining Drs Marta Bruno Soares and Chris Funk and Professors Emma Archer and Andy Dougill in editing a forthcoming special issue of Frontiers in Climate on Extreme Events in the Developing World. The special issue aims to collate case studies of extreme events in developing countries, with a clear emphasis on what may be learned from prediction, early warning, risk reduction and mitigation, preparedness, and response – particularly given future increases in occurrence of such events. Abstracts are due by 30 January 2020 with full papers to be submitted by 29 May 2020 on the Frontiers Research Topic page. Early career researchers and authors from developing countries are particularly encouraged to make submissions.

Happy holidays from Kulima Integrated Development Solutions

Katharine Vincent and Kulima associates would like to wish all their partners and colleagues Happy Holidays. The office of Kulima Integrated Development Solutions will remain open over the festive season, with the exception of public holidays. We look forward to working with you again in 2020.

How can we effectively build capacity to adapt to climate change? Insights from Malawi in a new paper led by Kulima

A paper "How can we effectively build capacity to adapt to climate change? Insights from Malawi" has just been published in the journal Climate and Development. The paper, led by Diana Mataya with Katharine Vincent and Andy Dougill, reflects on Diana's Masters research undertaken as part of the Future Climate For Africa UMFULA project. It highlights the complementary roles of long-term education and short-term training, and the underuse of methods such as action planning, on-the-job training and continued mentorship after training. Challenges that impede effective capacity building relate not only to training design and structure, but also the inadequacy of training needs assessments and the organizational structure in which trainees attempt to put their skills and knowledge into practice. The paper concludes that more rigorous coordination and monitoring of training efforts-and appropriate institutional support for action following training sessions are essential to enhance adaptation planning across sub-Saharan Africa.

“A qualitative comparative analysis of women’s agency and adaptive capacity in climate change hotspots in Asia and Africa” published in Nature Climate Change with inputs from Kulima

A new paper "A qualitative comparative analysis of women’s agency and adaptive capacity in climate change hotspots in Asia and Africa" has just been published in Nature Climate Change. The paper, led by Nitya Rao with Arabinda Mishra, Anjal Prakash, Chandni Singh, Ayesha Qaisrani, Prathigna Poonacha, Katharine Vincent and Claire Bedelian, is an outcome of the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia, in which Kulima participated through the Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation project. The paper draws on data from 25 case studies across Africa and Asia to show how and in what ways women’s agency, or the ability to make meaningful choices and strategic decisions, contributes to adaptation responses. It shows how environmental stress is a key depressor of women’s agency even when household structures and social norms are supportive or legal entitlements are available.

Importance of FCFA work with tea farmers highlighted by Malawi heatwave

A recent heatwave in Malawi has highlighted the risk that climate change poses to the tea farming sector. Future Climate For Africa's CI4Tea project has been working with tea farmers and other sector stakeholders in the southern districts of Mulanje and Thyolo to co-produce decision-relevant climate information. Occurrence of consecutive very hot days, as was experienced at the end of October, was highlighted as a major concern. Evidence of leaf scorch and the inevitable impacts on yields have underlined the importance of planning for a changed future climate. CI4Tea's work has therefore been publicised on the Future Climate For Africa website and Climate Home News and accompanied by a short film on Climate Change and Tea: Challenges for Malawi and Kenya.

Kulima undertaking consultations to inform a Regional Strategy for Mainstreaming Gender in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation for IGAD

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Nairobi this week to undertake consultations with stakeholders to inform a Regional Strategy for Mainstreaming Gender in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) region. This follows on from a consultative dialogue that she facilitated last week, attended by the gender, DRM and CCA focal points from the majority of the IGAD member states. After Nairobi she will travel to Uganda to continue consultations there. The assignment, in partnership with Cowater International, is due to be complete by March 2020.

Kulima participating in presentation of UMFULA project at the University of KwaZulu Natal

The UMFULA project (under the Future Climate For Africa programme) is holding meetings this week at the University of KwaZulu Natal in which Dr Katharine Vincent is participating. This includes supervision of Honours and Masters students researching water issues among commodity farmers and a writeshop to develop a paper on the use of weather and climate information by small-scale sugar contract farmers in Malawi. On Tuesday Katharine will participate in a Research on Tap Seminar at the Centre for Water Resources Research, together with Emma Archer, Rebecka Henriksson Malinga and several students, in which they will present some of the project's findings on the use of climate information in medium-term planning decisions and the case study in Malawi.

New WISER and Future Climate For Africa manual “Co-production in African Weather and Climate Services” with inputs from Kulima

The Weather and Climate Information Services for Africa (WISER) and Future Climate For Africa (FCFA) programmes have just launched a new manual, Co-production in African weather and climate services. The manual, written by Suzanne Carter, Anna Steynor, Katharine Vincent, Emma Visman and Katinka Lund Waagsaether outlines building blocks and principles for co-production, distilled from a variety of experiences of co-producing weather and climate services across the continent. It is supplemented by a compendium of case studies from a range of different programmes. The manual concludes that, whilst co-production is often a resource intensive process and needs to be adequately supported both in terms of funding and time, the added value can result in significant benefits for weather and climate services.