Category Archives: Projects

Kulima part of the Supporting Pastoralism and Agriculture in Recurrent and Protracted Crises (SPARC) programme team

Dr Katharine Vincent is part of the consortium implementing the DFID-funded Supporting Pastoralism and Agriculture in Recurrent and Protracted Crises (SPARC) programme. The consortium is led by Cowater International and includes ODI, ILRI and Mercy Corps. SPARC is a 6 year programme that aims to advance research on livelihoods, agriculture and pastoralism that can be used by DFID and other agencies to better design programmes to have an impact. SPARC's target countries include Burkina Faso, Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Syria, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Uganda and Yemen. Katharine's role is to lead the Gender, Equity and Social Inclusion component, ensuring that SPARC is able to deliver and inform equitable benefits. 

Kulima director participated in Living Deltas annual meeting and presented on gender and adaptation at an international seminar on global environmental challenges

Dr Katharine Vincent was in Kolkata last week, with 3 purposes. First, she participated in the annual meeting of the Living Deltas UKRI-GRCF Research Hub, on which she sits on the advisory board. Second, she delivered a presentation on gender and adaptation at an international seminar on global environmental challenges at the Women's Christian College. Third, she visited the Sundarbans delta with DECCMA colleagues from Jadavpur University to finetune how to most effectively apply research findings to support women's adaptation to climate change.

Kulima and University of Exeter commence a new project on “Responding to sea-level rise and storm events: A proposed framework for developing coastline adaptation strategies in southern Africa”

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Durban this week for the launch workshop of a new project "Responding to sea-level rise and storm events: A proposed framework for developing coastline adaptation strategies in southern Africa". The project is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund and led by the University of Exeter, in partnership with Kulima, the University of KwaZulu Natal, University of the WitwatersrandEduardo Mondlane University and ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability-Africa). Over the next 6 months, the project will bring together a network of cross-disciplinary researchers, practitioners, stakeholders and policy makers to co-design a new framework for developing effective coastline adaptation strategies in southern Africa.

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

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.