Dr Katharine Vincent has had a book review published in the peer-reviewed journal Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change. The review is of Mike Robbins’ book “Crops and Carbon: Paying Farmers to Combat Climate Change.” The book examines options for carbon sequestration through the land (particularly the soil), as a complement to forests. It is written in an accessible style and assumes no prior knowledge of either climate change or agricultural systems. Robbins concludes that, despite significant uncertainties, payment for ecosystem services under REDD+ and the carbon market may indeed offer the opportunity to pay farmers to combat climate change, whilst simultaneously contributing to sustainable land management.
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Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull have had a paper accepted in the journal Information Technologies and International Development. The paper will appear in the spring 2013 edition, volume 9, issue 1, and is entitled ‘”Ten Seeds” How mobiles have contributed to development in women-led farming cooperatives in Lesotho’. It is based upon empirical research with people from the Bishop Allard Vocational School in Roma about how they have achieved development, empowerment and choice since being given 10 mobiles (the “ten seeds”) in 2008. It also argues for a qualitative and longitudinal approach to evaluation of development interventions in order to get a more complete picture.
Kulima has been supporting CARE International in Mozambique to develop a project on water and sanitation in northern Mozambique. Mozambique is currently falling short of meeting the Millennium Development Goal on halving the number of people without access to water and sanitation. Cabo Delgado province, in the north of the country, has the highest levels of child stunting, and regularly suffers from outbreaks of diarrhoeal disease and cholera, particularly in the aftermath of tropical cyclones and floods. The proposal is based on the use of CARE’s Community Led Total Sanitation methodology to improve access to water and sanitation, and will be rolled out in around 25-30 villages in the province. The project will last for 3 years, until 2015.
Kulima and International Development conduct a third round of climate change training at the African Development Bank
Dr Katharine Vincent is again in Tunis where she is part of a team conducting climate change training at the African Development Bank. The training, focusing on the impacts of climate change on energy and transport, 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. The second set of trainings, for Managers, was held in January 2012 on climate change and agriculture and natural resources.
Building on their recent collaborations, Kulima and CSIR are presenting a paper at this week’s Planet Under Pressure conference in London. The paper, entitled “Bridging the Gap: Experiences of communicating climate information between producers and end-users in southern Africa”, highlights our experience in communicating information around climate change to humanitarian actors, through the development of a two-way dialogue highlighting needs and opportunities. The paper forms part of a parallel session on “Making climate science useful: effective dialogue between climate scientists and humanitarian and development ‘end users’”.
FAO and Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (a research programme of CGIAR) have released a new training guide entitled “Gender and Climate Change Research in Agriculture and Food Security for Rural Development”, on which Kulima commented during its development. The manual sets out to provide users with resources and participatory action research tools for collecting, analyzing and sharing gender-sensitive information about agricultural communities, households and individuals who are facing climate changes. It then provides some techniques for understanding and promoting climate-smart agricultural techniques. Participants from Bangladesh, Ghana and Uganda have already been trained in the techniques and applied them in their own countries. Their experiences were recently reported in the CCAFS blog.
Kulima and International Development conduct climate change training at the African Development Bank
Dr Alec Joubert will be travelling to Tunis this week to conduct climate change training at the African Development Bank. A one-day training will be held for Executive Directors on Thursday 13th October, followed by a half-day training for Senior Management on Friday 14th October. The training 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.
Katharine Vincent and Tracy Cull wrote a review of the book “Portfolios of the Poor: How the world’s poor live on $2 a day”, which has been published in the latest issue of the journal Progress in Development Studies (volume 11, number 2, April 2011).
“Portfolios of the Poor”, by D. Collins, J. Morduch, S. Rutherford and O. Ruthven (2009) is a unique attempt to examine balance sheets and money management strategies of poor households in Bangladesh, India, and South Africa, based on an innovative technique called “financial diaries”, in which households are interviewed twice monthly over a two year period. The results have important implications for development policy and microfinance.