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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 participating in workshop on climate information for development

Cape TownDr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town this week for a workshop on communication, interpretation and use of climate information for development led by Professors Suraje Dessai (University of Leeds) and Coleen Vogel (University of the Witwatersrand). Katharine will act as a mentor alongside Drs Joe Daron, Admire Nyamwanza and Rachel James. The workshop brings together early career researchers from the UK and South Africa under the British Council Researcher Links programme, which aims to enable interaction, shared opportunities for learning, and the building of research links for future collaboration.

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 in Malawi with other members of the UMFULA team

Lower ShireDr Katharine Vincent is in Malawi for the next 2 weeks, visiting Lilongwe, Mulanje, Blantyre and Chikwawa with other members of the UMFULA team. 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. Team members from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the University of Leeds, and the University of KwaZulu Natal will be continuing investigations into the political economy of decision-making contexts, interrogating priority climate metrics to generate user-relevant climate information, and seeking feedback and inputs to the the emerging design of a WEAP model for water resources under climate change for the Lower Shire basin. 

Kulima director in Cape Town for UMFULA annual meeting

Lower Shire floodplainDr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town this week for the annual meeting of the UMFULA project. "Uncertainty Reduction in Models for Understanding Development Applications" (UMFULA) is part of the Future Climate for Africa programme, and concerned with climate services in central and southern Africa, particulary the Lower Shire and Rufiji basins. The annual meeting brings together all the project partners-Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, the universities of Leeds, Manchester, Oxford, Sussex, Cape Town, KwaZulu Natal, Dar es Salaam, Yaounde, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, and Kulima Integrated Development Solutions-to plan activities for the coming year.

New paper on the Vulnerability, Impacts, Adaptation and Climate Services Advisory Board with inputs from Kulima

VIACS paper

A paper on the role of the Vulnerability, Impacts, Adaptation and Climate Services Advisory Board (VIACS AB v1.0) and its contribution to CMIP6 has been published in Geoscientific Model Development. CMIP6 is the mechanism for comparing global climate models. The VIACS advisory board represents the researchers who use climate information as one input to analyse vulnerability, impacts and adaptation. The aim is to inform the CMIP6 impact model outputs by highlighting priority variables. Dr Katharine Vincent is a member of the VIACS Advisory Board and a co-author on the paper.  

Kulima director in Malawi to undertake research for UMFULA project

meeting Met ServicesDr Katharine Vincent is in Blantyre and Lilongwe this week to undertake research for 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. UMFULA is working with partners in the public and private sectors in Malawi and Tanzania to determine how climate information can inform planning in the agriculture and water sectors at a variety of levels. The purpose of the visit is to undertake institutional and capacity assessment, and to investigate the political economy of decision-making contexts.

Kulima director presenting at 2nd Southern African Adaptation Colloquium

UMFULA PI in MalawiDr Katharine Vincent is in Johannesburg this week to participate in the 2nd Southern African Adaptation Colloquium at the University of the Witwatersrand. The event is co-organised by the Global Change and Sustainability Research Institute, the African Climate and Development Initiative and the South African Adaptation Network and has the theme "Solution Spaces and Futures: Learning together in a climate challenged world". Katharine will participate in a panel on funding adaptation, make a presentation on co-production and climate services (on behalf of UMFULA in conjunction with FRACTAL-two projects under the Future Climate for Africa programme), and facilitate an open engagement session on co-design and adaptation.

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 attending Adaptation Futures conference in Rotterdam

adaptation futuresDr Katharine Vincent is in Rotterdam this week to participate in the Adaptation Futures conference. She will be presenting two papers.  One, entitled "Critical reflections on a co-production science-policy process: A case study from Malawi" will be in session SC 8.6 "Participatory processes and co-production of adaptation knowledge" on Tuesday 10th May from 1545-1730. This paper, co-authored with Professors Lindsay Stringer and Andy Dougill, as well as Tracy Cull and Diana Mataya, reports experiences to date with the FCFA pilot case study in Malawi and the current UMFULA project. The other, entitled "What can be done to effectively and efficiently recognize the adaptation efforts that have been undertaken by developing countries?" will be in session RT10 "Adaptation Forum" on Thursday 12th May from 1345-1530. It will outline potential methods to monitor adaptation efforts to inform the UNFCCC Adaptation Committee with respect to the Paris Agreement.