Monthly Archives: August 2014

Kulima directors finalising proposal for regional programme on forests, rangelands and adaptation

Cameroon forestDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are finalising the proposal for a regional programme on forests, rangelands and climate change adaptation in southern Africa. The programme will be submitted to the Global Environment Facility to be considered for Least Developed Countries Fund monies. Participating countries for which concept notes will be submitted include Malawi, Zambia and Madagascar in the first phase, and likely Angola, Lesotho and Tanzania in the second phase. The programme, which will be run in partnership with SADC and COMESA and implemented by FAO, aims to harmonise policies and strategies around climage change, forestry and fire management across the region; reduce the vulnerability of forest and rangeland resources and the populations dependent upon them; and to develop and implement a data management system that enables effective monitoring of the state of forest and rangeland resources at both national and regional levels. The programme was first conceived of at a regional workshop hosted by FAO and SADC in Johannesburg in June 2013.

Kulima directors in Malawi to facilitate workshop on weather and climate information

FCFA workshopDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are in Lilongwe this week to facilitate a workshop of government decision-makers to determine the types of weather and climate information that would be useful to inform their planning. Malawi is one of four countries in which pilot projects are taking place as inputs into the design of the Future Climate for Africa programme. Kulima and the University of Leeds are leading the Malawi case study, and this workshop builds on in-country consultations held in May to determine the nature of decision-making processes and the current use of weather and climate information. A background paper on the weather and climate data availability and sources has also been published. 

Kulima director in Ethiopia to assess agricultural adaptation

EthiopiaMs Tracy Cull is currently in Ethiopia, visiting with haricot bean farmers and bean researchers outside of Nazareth, in the Rift Valley, to see how they are adapting to climate change. Agricultural adaptations are being assessed in six countries across Africa as part of a 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. Different farming and commodity types were selected for further investigation at a workshop in 2013. The visit follows related ones to Zambia in April, Togo in May, and Burkina Faso and Cameroon in July. The final results of the study are anticipated in early 2015.