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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 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.

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.

New paper on mainstreaming conservation agriculture in Malawi with inputs from Kulima

CA in MadagascarA paper entitled "Mainstreaming conservation agriculture in Malawi: Knowledge gaps and institutional barriers" is now available online in the Journal of Environmental Management. The paper highlights the ways in which conservation agriculture discourses play out at different levels of governance. It looks at the roles of different actors from both the government and non-government spheres, and how they affected the practice of conservation agriculture and the implications for sustainable land management. Dr Katharine Vincent is a co-author on the paper, which is is led by Professor Andy Dougill and colleagues at the University of Leeds, with Dr David Mkwambisi from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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 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.

Kulima director in Malawi for inception of Future Climate for Africa project

southern MalawiDr Katharine Vincent is in Malawi this week as the UMFULA team continues its research visit in southern Africa. 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. Project team members from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, the University of Leeds and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources are meeting with partners in the three southern districts of Thyolo, Nsanje and Chikwawa, and both private sector and government staff in the water and agriculture sectors. The purpose is to initiate the co-production process for developing and integrating climate services into planning, and to identify case study planning decisions on which to work during the project. 

Kulima contributing to African Risk Capacity new climate insurance product design

burnt maizeDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull, together with the Frankfurt School (UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance), are developing criteria for evaluation of adaptation investment plans that will be submitted by countries participating in a new sovereign climate insurance product. The Extreme Climate Facility (XCF) is being developed by African Risk Capacity to support national level adaptation and disaster risk planning based on a payout trigger that will likely be variation of a 5 year average relative to long-term mean climate conditions. The Climate and Development Knowledge Network have been supporting the project, which has assessed the current state of adaptation planning in seven African countries, including Malawi, Kenya, Rwanda and Zambia. The purpose has been to develop robust, yet realistic, financial and project management criteria, and sound adaptation principles against which submitted investment plans will be evaluated.