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Kulima director supporting gender training for CDKN in Cape Town

Cape Town city centreDr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town this week to support gender training for the Climate and Development Knowledge Network staff based at SouthSouthNorth. The training is being run by Dr Virginie le Masson from the Overseas Development Institute as part of an overall initiative to improve gender integration in CDKN programming. The focus is on raising awareness of gender and how it affects climate-compatible development (and thus should be intergrated within project design and development); as well as improving gender-sensitivity within the organisation itself, and its policies and procedures. 

Kulima directors in Addis Ababa to identify agricultural adaptation best practices

workshop discussionsDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are in Addis Ababa this week to meet with national experts from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Togo and Zambia. Agricultural adaptations have been assessed in these five countries and South Africa for a variety of different commodity types and farming systems. The project, managed by Kulima and UNIQUE Landuse and Forestry, is part of the GIZ support to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme, and will provide an outline of agricultural adaptation best practices based on the empirical findings. This meeting will compare findings to date and allow identification of best practices that apply in a variety of farming types and country contexts.

Kulima director presents at 2014 CAADP Africa Forum

farmingMs Tracy Cull is in Johannesburg today to make a presentation at the 2014 CAADP Africa Forum, which has the theme of family farming. The presentation will be in the session on climate-smart agriculture and will highlight preliminary emerging findings from the 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. Adapations in different farming and commodity types have been investigated in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, South Africa, Togo and Zambia. Looking at different commodity types and farming practices, and the enabling environment required for adaptations, will lead to the production of a report on six overall best practices in early 2015.


Kulima director in Leeds for ESRC seminar on climate change adaptation

Leeds seminarDr Katharine Vincent is currently in Leeds where she is participating in a seminar on climate change adaptation at the University of Leeds. The seminar forms part of an ESRC-funded series on "Interdisciplinary exchanges: Natural resource management in the 21st century" which is led by Dr Chasca Twyman from the University of Sheffield, and also includes the universities of Leeds and Newcastle. Katharine will be sharing her experiences of local adaptation from various countries in southern Africa, including South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia.

Kulima directors author paper on coping and adaptation in Climate and Development journal

Climate and Development coverDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull, together with co-authors Diana Chanika, Petan Hamazakaza, Alec Joubert, Eulalia Macome and Charity Mutonhodza-Davies, have published a paper entitled "Farmers' responses to climate variability and change in southern Africa – is it coping or adaptation?" in the journal Climate and Development, published by Taylor and Francis. The paper arises from research conducted for Oxfam and contributes to theoretical debates on the differences between coping and adaptation based on empirical evidence from five southern African countries: Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It concludes that whether particular strategies represent coping or adaptation is context- and scale-specific, but has implications for policies and programmes intending to support adaptation in the future.


Kulima facilitates workshop of national experts for CAADP project on agricultural adaptation

Maize farmerDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are currently in Midrand, South Africa for a workshop of national experts as part of the KulimaUNIQUE Forestry and Land Use project on agricultural adaptation to climate change, funded by GIZ and implemented through NEPAD.  The workshop marks the end of the inception phase for the project, which has involved national experts from the six focal countries (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, South Africa, Togo and Zambia) in scoping existing agricultural adaptations and inventorising the range of farmers' organisations in their countries.  The purpose of the meeting is to define selected agricultural sub-sectors/agro-ecological zones and production systems of interest.  These will then be subject to further research through a collaborative two-way participatory capacity building approach, in which project staff will impart climate information to the farmers' organisations.

South Africa Green Fund launches call for proposals

South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and the Development of Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) have opened a call for applications to the South Africa Green Fund.  Municipalities, provincial and national governments, private sector, research organisations, NGOs and other interested parties are invited to submit proposals under any of the three themes – green cities and towns, low carbon economy, and environmental and natural resource management.  Online applications will be accepted until 12:00 on 24th October.

Kulima participates in SARVA portal theme convenors meeting in Cape Town

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town for the quarterly SARVA portal theme convenors meeting.  The SARVA portal is an electronic spatial data poertal designed to accompany the South African Risk and Vulnerability Atlas.  Kulima contributes information on the use of weather and climate information to the Weather and Climate Theme.  The portal is currently undergoing structural revisions in order to make it more accessible to a variety of end-users.

Kulima organises Western Indian Ocean Climate Change Workshop in Cape Town

Ms Tracy Cull is currently in Cape Town for the Western Indian Ocean Climate Change Workshop, which Kulima has organised.  The workshop, convened by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) under the auspices of the Adaptation Partnership, has brought together over 40 Marine Protected Area managers and climate change policy decision makers from Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, and Tanzania.  The purpose of the workshop has been to identify the capacity requirements for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) within the Agulhas and Somalia Current Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) to conduct vulnerability assessments and build adaptive responses to climate change impacts within their management areas.

Kulima contributes to the South African Risk and Vulnerability Atlas spatial data portal

Kulima is contributing information on the human dimensions of weather and climate to the South African Risk and Vulnerability Atlas spatial data portal.  The portal is designed to complement the hard copy atlas, and provides spatial data arranged around several themes: agriculture, biodiversity, coasts and oceans, environmental health, water, human settlements, emissions and air quality, and weather and climate.  The weather and climate theme page contains weather and climate data (provided by CSIR), including the latest seasonal forecasts and climate change projections, together with examples of how South Africans use weather and climate information to inform their decision-making (provided by Kulima).  A recent summary of the theme page was published in the SARVA newsletter.