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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 director in Madagascar to run workshop on forests and climate adaptation

FAO workshopDr Katharine Vincent is in Antananarivo this week to facilitate a workshop of government representatives who will decide upon the particular design of activities to take place within the remit of a forest adaptation project in Madagascar. In conjunction with FAO, Kulima is supporting the development of a project concept note for submission to the Least Developed Countries Fund. A number of southern African countries, including Malawi and Zambia, are participating in the development of a regional programme on forests, rangelands and climate change adaptation, first conceived of at a regional workshop hosted by FAO and SADC in Johannesburg in June 2013. 

Kulima presents at “Experience-based disaster risk reduction in southeast Africa and the southwest Indian Ocean islands”

Dr Katharine Vincent attended a workshop on “Experience-based disaster risk reduction in southeast Africa and the southwest Indian Ocean islands”, hosted by FAO and Care as part of the EU ECHO/DIPECHO food security disaster risk reduction project.  Kulima was contracted earlier in 2011 to undertake a study of the sustainability of introducing early-maturing seeds as a food security disaster risk reduction intervention, involving field visits to Madagascar, Malawi and Mozambique.  Katharine presented the findings of the study at the meeting.  Over 80 people attended from the three focal countries, as well as elsewhere in the region, representing government, NGOs and UN agencies.

Kulima collaborates with FAO to investigate sustainability of short-cycle seeds

Kulima is collaborating with FAO to assess the sustainability of a project distributing short-cycle seeds in Madagascar, Mozambique and Malawi.  The Food Security and Disaster Risk Reduction project, funded by the European Union (ECHO/DIPECHO) has distributed short-cycle seed varieties with the aim of improving food security in the context of exposure to floods and cyclones.  In Madagascar, the X265 and “Mihary” rice varieties mature in 90 days, compared with 120 days for traditional seeds.  This means that farmers can produce two crops per year, instead of just one, and the likelihood of crops being destroyed by cyclones just prior to harvest is reduced, thereby ensuring food security in the following season.