Category Archives: Projects

New UMFULA paper released “Climate information needs in southern Africa: A review”

The Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at the Grantham Research Institute of Climate Change and the Environment and the University of Leeds has released a new working paper as an output of the UMFULA project. Dr Katharine Vincent is an author of the working paper, entitled "Climate information needs in southern Africa. A review". The paper reviews the state of the landscape of available climate information, barriers to climate information use, and the climate information needs of different sectors in southern Africa. It draws on published literature, documentary evidence and primary research with decision makers in the Southern African Development Community.

Kulima director in Kisumu for meeting of the GCRF project “Building research capacity for sustainable water and food security in sub-Saharan Africa”

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Kisumu in Kenya this week to participate in the a meeting of the "Building research capacity for sustainable water and food security in sub-Saharan Africa" (BRECcIA) project. BRECcIA is a four year project funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and led by the University of Southampton. It aims to develop research capacity across institutions in Malawi, Kenya and Ghana that is self-sustaining and focused on improving food and water security for the poorest of society. Katharine is a member of the strategic advisory board for the project.

New report on six good practices of agricultural adaptation in Africa by Kulima and UNIQUE forestry and landuse for GIZ

GIZ have launched a report "Agricultural adaptation: Six categories of good practices and technologies in Africa" that was led by Kulima and UNIQUE forestry and landuse. The report was produced as part of GIZ support to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). Over a two year preiod primary research was undertaken to document observed adaptations in various farming systems in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Togo and Zambia, as well as in South Africa. Six continent-wide good practices were then determined based on a transparent evaluation framework for good practices in agricultual adaptation, developed in early 2015.

Kulima director attending Adaptation Pathways meeting in Cape Town

Dr Katharine Vincent is attending an adaptation pathways meeting in Cape Town today. The meeting is part of the cross-consortium project under the Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia programme that includes representatives from the four CARIAA projects – DECCMA, ASSAR, PRISE and HI AWARE. The meeting will provide space to reflect on each consortium's different approaches to adaptation pathways, and enable preparation for the special session organised by the project at Adaptation Futures 2018 on Wednesday 20th June on "Evidence-based guiding principles for developing adaptation pathways in the context of development".

Kulima director participated in gender and migration field school for the Western Indian Ocean Deltas Exchange and Research (WIoDER) network

In late May Dr Katharine Vincent participated in a gender and migration field school under the Western Indian Ocean Delta Exchange and Research (WIoDER) network. WIoDER is a network comprising four deltas in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagacar and has training of postgraduate students as a core aim. The gender and migration field school brought together Masters and PhD students from Kenya, Madagascar and Tanzania and provided classroom and field-based training in gender-sensitive participatory rural appraisal methods in the Rufiji delta, Tanzania. It formed part of a series of 5 thematic field schools, on livelihoods, biodiversity, mangroves and hydrology. 

Kulima director running adaptation training with WWF in Nairobi

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Nairobi this week running training for WWF's Africa Adaptation Initiative. The training will bring together representatives of WWF offices and their civil society partners from across the continent, including Mozambique, Madagascar, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Cameroon, and DRC. In terms of content it will cover vulnerability risk assessments, mainstreaming climate change, identifying and selecting between adaptation options, and accessing adaptation finance. 

“Climate change adaptation and cross-sectoral policy coherence in southern Africa” just published in Regional Environmental Change

A new paper, "Climate change adaptation and cross-sectoral policy coherence in southern Africa" has just been published in Regional Environmental Change. The paper is an output of the UMFULA project, and was led by Matthew England from the University of Leeds with Kulima director, Dr Katharine Vincent, as one of the authors. Using the cases of Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia, the paper investigates the extent of coherence in national policies across the water and agriculture sectors and to climate change adaptation goals outlined in national development plans. Findings show that sector policies have differing degrees of coherence on climate change adaptation, currently being strongest in Zambia and weakest in Tanzania. Sectoral policies remain more coherent in addressing immediate-term disaster management issues of floods and droughts rather than longer-term strategies for climate adaptation. Policy coherence is more likely where there are cross-ministerial structures in place, for example Zambia's Interim Climate Change Secretariat. 

“A framework for identifying and selecting long term adaptation policy directions for deltas” New paper published with inputs from Kulima

A paper "A framework for identifying and selecting long term adaptation policy directions for deltas" has just been published in the journal Science of the Total Environment. The paper was led by Natalie Suckall from the University of Southampton and comprises an author team from the Deltas, Environment and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) project, including Dr Katharine Vincent. The paper presents a framework to identify options for, and trade-offs between, long term adaptation strategies in deltas. It is based on analysis of current adaptations in deltas and the creation of narratives of future policy directions. Each of the four policy directions takes into account investment costs and the extent to which policy change and political effort is required, and the trade-offs which occur within each one. The framework enables countries to select between policy directions that suit their normative goals for adaptation.

New viewpoint published on the role of sovereign insurance in disaster risk management

Climate and Development has just published a viewpoint article entited "Sovereign insurance to incentivize the shift from disaster response to adaptation to climate change – African Risk Capacity's Extreme Climate Facility". The article, led by Kulima director Dr Katharine Vincent, arose out of project between Kulima and the Frankfurt School (UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance) that took place between 2015-16. The project developed criteria for evaluation of adaptation investment plans to be submitted by countries participating in a new sovereign climate insurance product under African Risk Capacity, the Extreme Climate Facility (XCF). The viewpoint argues that there is a role for leveraging private finance through insurance as part of the range of risk management strategies required to adapt to climate change.

Kulima director invited to take part in ASSAR project MOOC planning workshop

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town this week, participating in a workshop hosted by a project in the CARIAA programme, Adaptation to Climate Change in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASSAR). As a legacy of its learnings on ensuring research impact and research informing policy and practice, ASSAR Researh-into-Use partner, Oxfam, is leading the development of a Massive Open Online Course. Katharine will share insights from the Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) project.