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Kulima running gender session at the Southern African Climate Finance Partnership regional learning forum

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Maun this week at the second regional learning forum of the Southern African Climate Finance Partnership (SACFP). Funded by the UK's Department For International Development and Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, SACFP is supporting Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe to develop country-owned and managed climate finance portfolios that can be financed through the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and other climate finance avenues. The Regional Learning Forum is an opportunity to share experiences and Katharine will run a session on developing gender-responsive proposals that meet the criteria in the GCF's Gender Policy. This follows on from earlier training in Botswana on gender and climate change.

Kulima directors author paper on coping and adaptation in Climate and Development journal

Climate and Development coverDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull, together with co-authors Diana Chanika, Petan Hamazakaza, Alec Joubert, Eulalia Macome and Charity Mutonhodza-Davies, have published a paper entitled "Farmers' responses to climate variability and change in southern Africa – is it coping or adaptation?" in the journal Climate and Development, published by Taylor and Francis. The paper arises from research conducted for Oxfam and contributes to theoretical debates on the differences between coping and adaptation based on empirical evidence from five southern African countries: Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It concludes that whether particular strategies represent coping or adaptation is context- and scale-specific, but has implications for policies and programmes intending to support adaptation in the future.


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).

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.

Climate change and arable food production in southern Africa

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.