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Kulima directors in Addis to present agricultural adaptation good practices to CAADP

nym and medicinal trees in nurseryDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are in Addis Ababa to present agricultural adaptation good practices to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).  The report arises from a project managed by Kulima and UNIQUE Landuse and Forestry as part of the GIZ support to CAADP.  Over the last two years primary research was undertaken to document observed adaptations in various farming systems in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Togo and Zambia, as well as in South Africa. Six continent-wide good practices were then determined based on a transparent evaluation framework for good practices in agricultual adaptation, developed in early 2015.

Kulima directors participating in DECCMA whole consortium meeting in the UK

DECCMA logoDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are in Southampton this week to participate in the whole consortium meeting of the DEltas, vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) project. DECCMA is one project within the Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia programme. It focuses on the extent to which, and circumstances under which, migration is, and may be, used as an adaptation in three deltas: the Ganges-Meghna-Brahmaputra, the Mahanadi, and the Volta. Kulima's involvement is to ensure gender is integrated throughout the project, and to play a role in ensuring that research findings are effectively communicated beyond an academic audience. The meeting will bring together all the consortium partners to assess progress and share information on emerging findings, as well as offer targeted training for next steps.

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. 

Kulima finalising project on agricultural adaptation good practices

sunflower farmerDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are finalising a project that has identified good practices in agricultural adaptation from across the African continent.  The project is managed by Kulima and UNIQUE Landuse and Forestry, and is part of the GIZ support to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme. Over the last two years primary research was undertaken to document observed adaptations in various farming systems in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Togo and Zambia, as well as in South Africa. Six continent-wide best practices were then determined based on a transparent evaluation framework for good practices in agricultural adaptation, developed in early 2015. The project will produce an overall continent-wide report on the six good practices, as well as summaries of the findings in each country (for feeding back to those farmers, farmers' organisations, and other stakeholder who participated in the research). 

Kulima directors in Cape Town for FCFA UMFULA inception meeting

Table MountainFollowing last week's formal launch of the Future Climate for Africa programme, this week Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are attending the UMFULA project inception meeting in Cape Town. UMFULA is a climate services project with various components. It will improve the availability of high resolution climate information and use that to project water availability based on water models. This process will be informed by user demands for such information. UMFULA will also be looking at decision-making processes and co-producing scenarios of future conditions that can be used in medium and long-term planning in the water and agriculture sectors. Decision-making contexts will be examined at regional and national level, as well as in case studies in the Rufiji basin in Tanzania, and three districts (Nsanje, Chikwawa and Thyolo) in the the lower Shire basin in Malawi. 

Kulima is part of the DFID-NERC Future Climate for Africa programme

FCFAKulima Integrated Development Solutions is proud to announce their participation in the new DFID-NERC Future Climate for Africa programme. They will be co-leading the third pillar of the project "Uncertainty Reduction in Models for Understanding Development Applications" (UMFULA, or river in Zulu). UMFULA is a climate services project that will provide new insights and more reliable information about climate processes and extremes in central and southern Africa; and then use this information in partnership with decision-makers in Malawi and Tanzania to inform development decisions with long-term consequences. The project is led by the Grantham Research Institute for Climate Change and Environment, with the Universities of Leeds, ManchesterOxford and Sussex in the UK, Universities of Cape Town and KwaZulu Natal and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Malawi, Sokoine University of Agriculture and the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, and a variety of meteorological agencies from across the region. 

Kulima providing inputs to DECCMA’s research-into-use strategy

policymakersDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are providing inputs to DECCMA's research-into-use strategy. As a project of the Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia programme, ensuring practical applicability of research findings is of great importance. Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) has recognised this in one of its two main aims, which is "To deliver policy support to create the conditions for sustainable, gender-sensitive, adaptation". As a boundary organisation that typically works at the interface between science/academic research and practitioners/policy-makers, Kulima is well placed to provide inputs on how DECCMA can best meet this aim.

Kulima directors contributing to new SADC Climate Risk and Vulnerability handbook

SADC_R&V_handbookDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are working with CSIR to produce a second edition of the popular publication Climate Risk and Vulnerability: A handbook for southern Africa (also available in Portuguese). The first edition presented novel high resolution climate projections (produced through both statistical and dynamical downscaling), vulnerability, impacts and adaptation, including case studies from across the region. It was also used in customised training courses in Mozambique, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe. The second edition will provided updated climate projections, sector-based impacts and responses, and new sections interrogating climate policy, the linkages between adaptation and disaster risk reduction, and climate finance opportunities. 

Kulima analyses utility of seasonal forecasts in southern Africa

Midmar dam-aerialDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are finalising a project which has assessed the application of seasonal forecasts in southern Africa. The "Southern Africa's Hydro-Economy and Water Security" project is funded by the Belmont Forum's International Opportunities Fund. Together with partners from the Grantham Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, the University of East Anglia's Water Security Research Centre, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and UEA's Climatic Research Unit (CRU) they have analysed the nature of various seasonal forecasts for the 2014-15 season, and carried out interviews with stakeholders in the water, agriculture and land use, energy and humanitarian sectors regarding their accessibility and utility.

 

DECCMA publishes paper on its gender approach by Kulima

living on waterDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull have produced a paper entitled "DECCMA's approach to the incorporation of gender". Kulima is part of the consortium undertaking the Deltas, vulnerability and Climate Change; Migration as an Adaptation (DECCMA) project, one of four funded by IDRC and DFID under the Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia programme. Kulima has been involved in DECCMA since proposal development stage, ensuring gender was integrated into the project concept.  Our current responsibility is to support the research teams in developing a gender-sensitive research design, use of gender-sensitive methods, and ensuring the analysis of findings is gendered. The paper provides an overview of how this process has occurred to date.