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 participating at Adaptation Futures 2018 in Cape Town

Kulima will be participating in several sessions at Adaptation Futures 2018 in Cape Town this week.

On Tuesday 19th June, Dr Katharine Vincent will be a panellist during S55 "What do the intersections between resilience and wellbeing offer development practice?" in parallel session 3 from 1130-1315 (room 2.61); and then will present a paper on "A framework for measuring adaptation to climate change" in S310 on "M&E: frameworks and case studies" in parallel session 5 from 1630-1815 (room 2.64). During the same parallel, Dorothy Tembo Nhlema A337 will present a paper "Participatory Scenario Planning for Creating Useful and Use-able Weather and Climate Information: A Case Study from Malawi" in S124 "Using and evaluating participatory scenario tools for adaptation" (room 2.41).

On Tuesday 19th June, Diana Chanika Mataya will present a poster "How can we effectively build capacity to adapt to climate change?"

On Wednesday 20th June, Dr Katharine Vincent will present three papers. The first is " Gendered adaptation in deltas: Who decides, who benefits, and who loses?" in S64 on "What enables adaptation of women in climate hotspots?" in parallel session 6 from 0915-1100 (room 1.63). The second is " The process of developing adaptation policy trajectories in the DECCMA project" in S200 "Evidence-based guiding principles for developing adaptation pathways in the context of development" in parallel session 7 from 1415-1600 (room 2.41). The third is "Changing attitudes and behaviours among members of a consortium" in S195 "Research for Impact: Dynamic approaches, experiences and lessons on research uptake" in parallel session 8 from 1630-1815 (room 1.42).

On Thursday 21st June, Dr Katharine Vincent will chair D56 "Engaging small and medium-sized enterprises in building resilience to climate change – lessons from the Global South" in parallel session 9 from 0915-1100 (room 1.64). She will then present " Documenting observed adaptations in deltaic Ghana, India and Bangladesh" in S27 "Adaptation practice and experience in deltas in the global south" in parallel session 11 from 1630-1815 (room 1.64).

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. 

“Developing and applying a five step process for mainstreaming climate change into local development plans: A case study from Zambia” now available in Climate Risk Management

A new paper "Developing and applying a five step process for mainstreaming climate change into local development plans: A case study from Zambia" has just been published in the journal Climate Risk Management. The paper outlines a process for mainstreaming climate change that was developed for use in the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience districts in western Zambia and applied during several workshops in 2017 for both district development plans and integrated development plans. The process can be used when planning from scratch and also when retrofitting existing plans.

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. 

Kulima director participating in meeting on measuring adaptation

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Bonn for a side meeting to the UNFCCC intersessional discussions on measuring progress on adaptation. The event is organised by IDRC and the African Group of Negotiators Expert Support (AGNES) and follows on from a side event at COP 23 held on the same theme, and co-convened by IDRC and AGNES with McGill University, University of Notre Dam du Lac and the Asian Institute of Technology. The aim of the meeting to take stock of the various initiatives for measuring progress on adaptation, and identify particular needs, taking into account the ongoing negotiations on the Paris Agreement and how to transparently measure adaptation progress. Other organisations represented at the meeting include the Global Centre of Excellent on Climate Adaptation, UNEP DTU, UN Environment, UN Climate Change, CCAFS, GIZIIED and the governments of Kenya, Uganda, Botswana and Ghana. 

  

New paper on large scale transdisciplinary collaboration with inputs from Kulima

A new paper has been published in the journal Global Challenges on "Large-Scale Transdisciplinary Collaboration for Adaptation Research: Challenges and Insights". Led by Georgina Cundill from IDRC, with inputs from Katharine Vincent, the paper highlights experiences of the consortia of the Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia programme – including Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation, on which Kulima is a partner. The paper highlights how the success of well‐designed transdisciplinary research processes is strongly influenced by relational and systemic features of collaborative relationships. In the new arena of large‐scale collaborative science efforts, enablers of transdisciplinary collaboration include dedicated project coordinators, leaders at multiple levels, and the availability of small amounts of flexible funds to enable nimble responses to opportunities and unexpected collaborations.

“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.