Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull, together with Ms Claire Davis from CSIR, are presenting a 3-day training course on the use of weather and climate information in decision-making in Lusaka. The training course forms part of the SADC-regional project, funded by USAID, on Climate Risk and Capacity, which released a recent handbook with new high resolution climate projections and information on impacts and adaptation in the region. Following a process of needs assessment in March, the course will be attended by national government decision-makers, including technical staff from a number of ministries, and selected NGO representatives. This marks the second course in the series, following Mozambique last week.
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Kulima and CSIR plan training in use of weather and climate information for decision-making in the SADC region
Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull met this week with colleagues from CSIR as part of the USAID-funded project on Climate Risk and Vulnerability in Southern Africa. The project, implemented by Kulima and CSIR, aims to build the capacity of decision-makers across the SADC region to use weather and climate information in their decision-making. Needs assessment visits have now been undertaken in Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and the purpose of the meeting was to plan the structure of each customised training course, all of which are due to take place in September and October 2011. The training courses will draw on the innovative downscaled climate change projections for the SADC region outlined in Climate Risk and Vulnerability: A Handbook for Southern Africa (also produced as part of the project).
Last week Dr Katharine Vincent was in Lusaka to meet with government and non-government representatives to assess the needs for climate capacity building in the country. The needs assessment is a key component of the USAID-funded project on Climate Risk and Vulnerability in southern Africa, where customised training will be designed and run to promote the use of weather and climate information in decision-making. As well as Zambia, the project will take place in Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
Kulima and Oxfam release new report “Overcoming the barriers: How to ensure future food production under climate change in southern Africa”
Kulima and Oxfam have today released “Overcoming the barriers: How to ensure future food production under climate change in southern Africa“. The report is based on interviews with farmers in Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, whose experiences with a changing climate are largely borne out by meteorological data, particularly on rising temperatures and changes to precipitation patterns. In response to these changes, farmers are already actively experimenting with changing agricultural practices, and looking for ways to diversify their livelihoods in response climate and other stresses, within their resource constraints. But where large-scale farmers, in the main, can access the resources needed to adapt, small-scale farmers face major obstacles. Policy makers need to identify the barriers for farmers, particularly smallholder farmers, as they attempt to adapt to the new climate and other environmental, economic and political pressures.
Kulima, in partnership with the Climate Systems Analysis Group at the University of Cape Town, has just begun a new project in conjunction with Oxfam GB, looking at climate change and arable food production in southern Africa. The project will involve working with subsistence and commercial farmers and farm workers in Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and will report at the end of June 2011.