Tag Archives: Africa

Kulima director in Tanzania to assess livelihoods in the Rufiji delta

aerial of riverDr Katharine Vincent is in Tanzania this week to undertake livelihoods analysis in the Rufiji delta. This is part of the Western Indian Ocean Deltas Exchange (WIODER) – a partnership of a number of organisations and programmes with interests in environmental and social sustainability of deltas within a context of climate change. Working with colleagues from the University of Southampton and the Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation project, the aim of the research is to determine characteristics of delta-based livelihoods, how they link to migration, and also to test the importance of undertaking gender-sensitive research.

Kulima director in Malawi to continue UMFULA research

MalawiDr Katharine Vincent is in Malawi this week, working with colleagues on the UMFULA (Uncertainty Reduction in Models for Understanding Development Applications) project. UMFULA is part of the Future Climate for Africa programme, and concerned with improving the use of climate information in decision-making. Team members from Kulima and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources are continuing research into the evolving institutional architecture for addressing climate change in Malawi, and the development of timelines of policies in climate-sensitive sectors. They are also commencing preparations for this year's UMFULA annual meeting, which will be held in November in Malawi, and accompanied by a number of targeted stakeholder activities.

Kulima director in Kathmandu for CARIAA Annual Learning Review

DECCMA stand at ALR 2016Dr Katharine Vincent is in Kathmandu this week to participate in the 2017 Annual Learning Review for the Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia programme. The meeting brings together researchers from the four CARIAA programmes that are investigating adaptation in different hotspots: HI-AWARE (snowpack river basins), ASSAR (semi-arid regions), PRISE (semi-arid economies) and DECCMA (deltas). The purpose is to discuss emerging findings and highlight opportunities to inform adaptation policy and practice. Katharine will also participate in a pre-meeting with her Research-into-Use counterparts to ensure cross-project learning and maximise impact throughout the remainder of the programme.

Kulima director attending International Conference on Climate Services in Cape Town

ICCS5 posterDr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town this week attending the International Conference on Climate Services. She will be presenting a poster in the session on "what can we learn from all the co-experiences"? The poster, entitled "From a clean slate to multiple options-eliciting user needs for climate information in Malawi" is a reflection on the methodological evolution employed within the UMFULA project with agricultural planners in both the public and private sectors. 

Kulima director participating in DECCMA whole consortium meeting in Southampton

DECCMA meetingDr Katharine Vincent is in Southampton this week to participate in the whole consortium meeting of the DEltas, vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) project. DECCMA is one project within the Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia programme.  It focuses on the extent to which, and circumstances under which, migration is, and may be, used as an adaptation in three deltas: the Ganges-Meghna-Brahmaputra and Indian Bengal delta, the Mahanadi, and the Volta. Kulima's involvement is to ensure gender is integrated throughout the project, and to play a role in ensuring that research findings are effectively communicated beyond an academic audience. The meeting with bring together all consortium partners to assess progress and share information on emerging findings, and plan for the publication of data analysis to date.

 

Kulima director participating in Future Earth Water-Energy-Food cluster project dialogue

sugar farmingDr Katharine Vincent is in Johannesburg this week to participate in a policy dialogue as part of the Future Earth Water-Energy-Food cluster project, hosted by the Water Research Commission and the University of KwaZulu Natal. The dialogue aims to review how the nexus approach applies to different sectors in southern Africa and, in particular, to determine the role of the nexus approach to support implementation of regional activities and the Sustainable Development Goals. It also aims to identify trade-offs and policy gaps to suggest future issues related to the W-E-F nexus in Africa. The policy dialogue follows on from a technical workshop which will critically assess evidence and both information and capacity building needs for the W-E-F nexus. 

Kulima paper on gender implications of the Paris Agreement to be presented in Marrakech

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Kulima has written an analysis paper and related briefing note on the gender implications of the Paris Agreement. The paper outlines how inclusion of gender issues has evolved through the UNFCCC international policy process, and then highlights “missed opportunities” for gender inclusion within the language of the major articles of the Paris Agreement text, and their implications. The paper has been produced for the African Working Group on Gender and Climate Change, with the support of IDRC. It was requested by the Women and Gender Programme on Climate Change, which falls under the auspices of the Committee of African Heads of State and Governments on Climate Change (CAHOSCC). The paper will form part of a presentation at a side event at COP 22 on 9th November, and subsequently to develop a strategic framework for action.

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.

Kulima working with WWF to investigate responses to changes in weather and climate

qualitative data collectionKulima has been working with WWF to prepare survey instrument suitable for use by non-experts to investigate responses to changes in weather and climate in African countries, and how these responses are affecting ecosystems. The survey instrument comprises closed and open-ended questions and will be used by the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG) in three protected areas in Kenya, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Additionally it will be used by WWF in ClimateCrowd-a crowd-sourcing initiative to collect and archive data on weather and climate responses with the aim of informing development and conservation planning initiatives.