Kulima Integrated Development Solutions and UNIQUE Forestry and Land Use have been awarded a GIZ contract on agricultural adaptation to climate change. Forming part of GIZ’s programme of support to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), this project will develop 6 “best practices” on adaptation to climate change for smallholder farmers. These will be elicited through collaboration with regional and national farmer organisations from across the African continent, combined with 3 regional thematic workshops. This collaboration will build on links forged through the Africa Forum, organised by NEPAD to enable knowledge transfer through a variety of continental and regional platforms since 2009. The ultimate aim is to use these best practices to inform national policy and raise the profile of agricultural adaptation on the international agenda.
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Dr Katharine Vincent is currently in Kampala to undertake preliminary meetings with stakeholders to define an adaptation project concept for submission to the UNFCCC Least Developed Countries Fund. Addressing priorities identified in Uganda’s National Adaptation Programme of Action, the project will likely have components relating to the water, agriculture and health sectors. Meetings will be held with the Climate Change Unit in the Ministry of Water and Environment, other relevant government representatives, development partners and civil society organisations.
Kulima meets with CDKN on new project: climate change, health, disasters and agriculture in Mozambique
Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull have just returned from Cape Town, where they met with CDKN at the start of a new project on climate change, health, disasters and agriculture in Mozambique. CDKN is funding the project at the request of the Government of Mozambique, who are keen to fill the data gap in research around how climate change will intersect with health status to create vulnerability to disasters in agricultural communities. The project will run from June until December, and is being implemented in conjunction with colleagues at the CSIR and Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo.
START issues its 2012 call for grant awards: global environmental change, agriculture and food security
START, the global change SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training, has just announced the 2012 Call for Proposals (CFP) for Global Environmental Change (GEC) Research in Africa on the theme of global environmental change, agriculture and food security. The 2012 round of GEC grants will build directly on the 2011 Africa GEC grants (http://start.org/programs/africangec) that focused on how climatic and environmental changes potentially impact ecosystem services critical to agriculture and food and livelihood security in arid, semi-arid, sub-humid, and humid environments as well as for communities dependent on coastal marine systems.
The deadline for submission of proposals is midnight (2400 hours), US Eastern Standard Time, on 28 March 2012 and all submissions should be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org (DOWNLOAD THE 2012 APPLICATION FORM HERE). Kulima is particularly excited to see the criteria that successful proposals will contain a communications and outreach strategy.
Kulima and International Development conduct a second round of climate change training at the African Development Bank
Dr Katharine Vincent has just returned from Tunis where she was part of a team conducting climate change training at the African Development Bank. The training, focusing on the impacts of climate change on agriculture and natural resources, forms part of a series that has been designed and run by Kulima and International Development East Anglia as part of a project to raise awareness of climate change and development issues among African Development Bank staff at a variety of levels. The first set of trainings, for Executive Directors and Senior Managers, was held in October 2011.