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Kulima hosting a writeshop on climate services for the UMFULA project

This week Kulima is hosting a writeshop in South Africa for members of the UMFULA project (under the Future Climate For Africa programme). The writeshop will be attended by team members from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, University of Leeds and University of Kwazulu Natal. The aim is to compare, contrast and synthesise findings from research conducted in Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia. Planned papers relate to the political economy of climate change in each country, insights into effective and equitable adaptation options for small-scale commodity (tea and sugar) farmers, and analysis of how to best visualise climate information so that the intended message is effectively understood by planners.

“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. 

IFPRI and Kulima publish project note on seasonal forecasts in South Africa

IFPRI SAHEWS project noteThe International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Kulima Integrated Development Solutions have released a project note on "Improving effective use of seasonal forecasts in South Africa". This is an output of the "Southern Africa Hydro-Economy and Water Security" project, funded by the Belmont Forum's International Opportunities Fund. Together with partners from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, the University of East Anglia's Water Security Research CentreSouth Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, and UEA's Climatic Research Unit, the note outlines ways of improving effectiveness of seasonal forecasts based on primary research with stakeholders in the water, agriculture and disaster preparedness and response sectors in South Africa. 

Kulima director in Tanzania to assess climate services needs within the UMFULA project

planning TanzaniaDr Katharine Vincent is in Tanzania this week as part of a team from UMFULA. The "Uncertainty Reduction in Models for Understanding Development Applications" (UMFULA) project is part of the Future Climate for Africa programme, and concerned with climate services in Africa. Representatives of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, the University of Manchester and Sokoine University are undertaking a preliminary workshop in Iringa in the Rufiji basin. Katharine and a colleague from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research are in Dar es Salaam to scope climate information needs among government departments in the agriculture, water and energy sectors.

Kulima director participates in IPCC Expert Meeting on Climate Change, Food and Agriculture

kids in the fieldsDr Katharine Vincent is in Dublin this week to participate in the IPCC Expert Meeting on Climate Change, Food and Agriculture. She will be making a presentation on "Food production and food security" during a plenary session which gives an overview of food security. The expert meeting is being convened as a result of a decision by the IPCC bureau at its 40th session to consider existing information on the topic, and to recommend possible further action, including the options of producing a Technical Paper or Special Report, or to address the matter in the forthcoming assessment cycle. Katharine was also one of 13 members of the meeting's planning committee.

Kulima supports drafting of Climate Change Plan of Action for the Health Sector in Mozambique

workshop presentation-MaputoDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull have been working with the Ministerio da Saude (Ministry of Health) to finalise a Climate Change Plan of Action for the Health Sector in Mozambique. The plan builds on a recent workshop attended by national and provincial level health representatives to identify actions and priority activities for the five year period from 2015-2019. That workshop was informed by a report summarising recommendations from two sources: a World Bank report into health sector priorities in Mozambique; and an earlier report resulting from CDKN-funded research undertaken by Kulima, in collaboration with the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane and CSIR, into climate change, health, agriculture and disasters in the country.

Kulima director in Cameroon to assess agricultural adaptation

farmer groupDr Katharine Vincent is currently in Cameroon to visit with farmers' groups in the forested zone in the southwest of the country to see what responses they have been putting into practice in response to climate change. Agricultural adaptations are being assessed in six countries across Africa as part of a project managed by Kulima and UNIQUE Landuse and Forestry that seeks to identify agricultural adaptation best practices on behalf of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme. Different farming and commodity types were selected for further investigation at a workshop in 2013. The visit follows related ones to Zambia in April, Togo in May, and Burkina Faso earlier in July. The final results of the study are anticipated in early 2015.

Kulima director in Burkina Faso to assess agricultural adaptation

Koudougou hotel administratifDr Katharine Vincent is currently in Burkina Faso to visit with agriculture, water, environment and animal health staff and NGO representatives in the Central West region to see what responses they have been observing to climate change, and how their activities are supporting agricultural adaptation by farmers. Agricultural adaptations are being assessed in six countries across Africa as part of a project managed by Kulima and UNIQUE Landuse and Forestry that seeks to identify agricultural adaptation best practices on behalf of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme. Different farming systems and commodity types were selected for further investigation at a workshop in 2013. The visit follows related ones to Zambia in April and Togo in May. The final results of the study are anticipated in early 2015.

ADAPT-PLAN project document for Malawi submitted to Global Environment Facility

CPC SalimaThe ADAPT-PLAN project document for Malawi has been submitted to the Global Environment Facility in application for Least Developed Countries Fund monies. ADAPT-PLAN integrates adaptation into development planning through establishing an institutional structure that incentivises the incorporation of adaptive activities in district level planning (using three pilot districts) and within national level planning in the agriculture, water and forestry sectors. The project was initiated by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Management as part of its implementation of the forthcoming climate change policy, and is facilitated by UNDP, who led the production of the project document with technical inputs from Kulima Integrated Development Solutions.

Kulima director in Togo to assess agricultural adaptation

Togo farmingDr Katharine Vincent is currently in Togo to visit with maize and sorghum farmers – and farmers' organisations working with them – in the southern maritime climatic zone to see how they are responding to climate change. Agricultural adaptations are being assessed in six countries across Africa as part of a project managed by Kulima and UNIQUE Landuse and Forestry that seeks to identify agricultural adaptation best practices on behalf of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme. Different farming systems and commodity types were selected for further investigation at a workshop in 2013. This visit follows from a related one to Zambia in April 2014. The final results of the study are anticipated in early 2015.