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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 director in Zambia to assess adaptation planning and climate finance absorption capacity

Zambia flagDr Katharine Vincent is in Zambia this week to investigate the status of adaptation planning and climate finance absorption capacity as part of a project for the AU Specialist Agency, African Risk Capacity. The project, funded by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network and undertaken in partnership with the Frankfurt School (UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance), is part of ARC's scoping for a new insurance product – the Extreme Climate Facility (XCF). XCF is intended to complement other climate finance mechanisms by funding adaptation and disaster risk reduction in participating countries. The project is assessing the state of adaptation planning and climate finance absorption capacity in seven African countries, and this visit follows earlier visits to Rwanda, Kenya and Malawi.

Kulima director in Lusaka for conclusion of climate risk planning assignment

NamupandeDr Katharine Vincent is in Lusaka this week to finalise the assignment on climate risk planning with the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience in Zambia. The purpose of this assignment has been to build capacity for climate risk planning within the 14 pilot districts of the Barotse sub-basin. As such, a training course was designed and run with Climate Risk Adaptation Facilitators and District Planning Officers in order to faciltiate gender-sensitive climate risk assessments in communities, and the identification and prioritisation of adaptation activities. Climate change awareness raising and sensitisation meetings were subsequently held in eight districts to raise awareness of the risk assessment process and mainstreaming of findings in development planning.

Kulima director running climate change workshops in western Zambia

ZNCCSOver the next two weeks Dr Katharine Vincent is running a number of climate change sensitisation and awareness raising workshops in western Zambia. Following on from the Training of Trainers for the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience held in January, eight workshops will take place to cover the 14 districts of the Barotse sub-basin that are participating in phase 2 of PPCR. The workshops will be attended by district and council officials, members of the Barotse Royal Establishment, non-government organisations, and community leaders.  The purpose is to raise their awareness of climate change risks and opportunities as a precursor to more in-depth risk assessments, mainstreaming of climate resilience in local development planning, and support to adaptation actions.

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 in Livingstone to train PPCR community facilitators and planning officers

LivingstoneDr Katharine Vincent is in Livingstone for two weeks as part of the assignment to support climate risk planning within phase 2 of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience. The second phase of PPCR extends mainstreaming of climate resilience into local level policies and strategies, and supporting participatory adaptation and canal clearing in the flood-prone Bartose sub-basin. In conjunction with a local consultant, she is running a training of trainers course for Climate Resilience and Adaptation Facilitators and District Planning Officers, who will then facilitate gender-sensitive climate risk assessments in communities, and the identification and prioritisation of adaptation activities for inclusion in local level development planning. 

Kulima director in Zambia to work with Pilot Program for Climate Resilience

PPCR bannerDr Katharine Vincent is in Lusaka this week as part of the climate risk assignment with Zambia's Pilot Program for Climate Resilience. She is attending the PPCR annual meeting in Siavonga and will be working with the national consultant. Their role is to design and deliver a training of trainers to the NGOs in the Barotse sub-basin. The NGOs will be responsible for facilitating gender-sensitive participatory vulnerability and risk assessments in communities, and the identification and prioritisation of adaptation activities for inclusion in local level development planning. 

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 Zambia for PPCR training project

Zambia classroomDr Katharine Vincent is in Lusaka this week for the inception phase of a training project as part of the second phase of Zambia's Pilot Program for Climate Resilience. The first phase of PPCR focused on the development of a Strategic Program for Climate Resilience, and mainstreaming climate resilience into national level policies and strategies. The second phase of PPCR extends this to mainstreaming climate resilience into local level policies and strategies, and supporting participatory adaptation and canal clearing in the flood-prone Barotse sub-basin of Western Province. In conjunction with a local consultant, Katharine will be training a group of pre-selected Climate Adaptation and Resilience Facilitators, who will then spearhead the process of mainstreaming climate resilience into district Integrated Development Plans and enable tangible adaptation activities within selected communities and wards.

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.