By East Africa Team
Good quality climate information is vital in managing climate risks. Consideration of user needs when delivering climate services is critical. This was a recurring theme of the Second Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-II), which ran in mid-October in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference was organized by United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in collaboration with its partners in the Climate for Development in Africa initiative. It brought together over 300 participants from African member states, regional economic communities, river basin organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector, academia and development partners.
“The key prerequisites for climate service delivery are available, dependable, usable, credible, authentic, responsive and sustainable,” said Mr Jeremiah Lengoasa, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Deputy Secretary General as he gave the key note address during a session on Climate Service Delivery for Development. Read more »
By Caity Peterson
Abrar Chaudhury isn’t a fan of top down adaptation costing. “Top down, purely econometric approaches usually way underestimate the true costs of adaptation,” he says. But he also says that a bottom up, community directed approach isn’t the absolute answer either. “The real story,” he asserts, “is in the difference between the two.”
Chaudhury’s work involves the use of a new community adaptation prioritization and planning tool called Participatory Social Return on Investment (PSROI). PSROI builds on traditional Social Return on Investment methods – which normal focus on economic analysis of pre-determined interventions – by integrating a participatory, community-driven component.
By Caity Peterson
A detective solves a mystery by starting from the end result – the crime scene – and working backwards to determine the cause – the crime. The same logic, called backcasting, is also the key to climate change adaptation and development.
Joost Vervoort, scenarios officer for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), and Katindi Sivi Njonjo Society for International Development in Kenya spoke to a group of CCAFS stakeholders as a prelude to the Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD2) in Punta del Este, Uruguay.
By Laura Cramer
The people of Kamuana village in the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) benchmark site in Nyando, Kenya have a vision for their community that involves increased forest cover, improved agricultural practices and yields, better roads, and more schools. The details of this vision were explained to CCAFS researchers who were conducting a village baseline study at the site in May 2011. The newly-published Nyando village baseline study is part of the CCAFS baseline – with household, village and organisation levels - implemented across all our sites in Eastern Africa, West Africa and South Asia. The results of the study, and of those conducted in CCAFS’ two target sites in Uganda (Albertine Rift and Kagera Basin) are now available, and the reports for the other sites will be available soon. Read more »
By Joana Roque de Pinho
Pastoralists in East Africa have been using video to share their stories and experiences about coping with seasonal and annual climatic variability as part of the project Pastoralist Transformations to Resilient Futures: Understanding Climate from the Ground Up, facilitated by researchers and film makers from the Colorado State University.
Noolarami enole Kapirontoi, one of the female filmmakers, talks about her experience in the project:
By Joana Roque de Pinho
Maasai pastoralists in East Africa are using video to share their stories and experiences about coping with seasonal and annual climatic variability. As climatic changes intensify in the region, their livestock-dependent livelihoods are ever more vulnerable to increasingly frequent droughts and other extreme events.
by Joana Roque de Pinho
East African pastoralists have historically coped with seasonal and annual climatic variability. However, as climatic changes are intensifying in the region, their livestock-dependent livelihoods are ever more vulnerable to increasingly frequent droughts and other extreme events. Read more »
by Tabitha Muchaba, Catherine Mungai, Maren Radeny and Olive Thiong’o
In order to build capacity for evidence-informed policy making and enhance science to policy dialogue, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) East Africa program hosted the second workshop of the Regional Learning Partnership (RLP) in June, 2012 in Arusha, Tanzania.
Launched in April 2011, the RLP is a pathway for policy engagement from local to regional scales and brings together 16 African organizations in agriculture, climate change and food security from Southern and Eastern Africa. The workshop brought together over 20 participants from regional economic and inter-governmental organizations, research institutions, universities, NGOs, farmer organizations, and the private sector to define key national, regional and international outputs and outcomes for 2013.
Discussions over the two days of the workshop focused on four key areas: Read more »
by Catherine Mungai and Wilson Ugangu
Farmers are increasingly demanding access to climate information from agricultural- and climate change experts to improve their farming practices. They also desire to learn more, and be part of, an evolving dialogue on how local communities, governmental organizations and research institutions can work together to increase farm productivity and reduce the impacts of climate variability.
These were the findings from a radio project piloted by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) East Africa, in partnership with a local radio station in Eastern Kenya — Mbaitu FM. The 30 minute radio show “Wasya wa Muimi” (the voice of the farmer) was presented in local Kamba language every Friday evening from January to April, 2012, near and around the CCAFS site at Wote. Read more »
by Catherine Mungai, John Recha and James Kinyangi
Africa needs good case studies to showcase vulnerabilities to a changing climate and also good practices for coping with climate variability. This is the key message emanating from the recently concluded side event organized by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) East Africa Regional Office. From 10 to 14 September, the 14th session of the African Ministerial Conference of the Environment (AMCEN)was held at the Arusha International Conference Center (AICC) and brought together Ministers from 40 countries. The ministers and delegates met to discuss a common approach to engaging with the international community in the climate change negotiation process, in preparation for the upcoming UNFCCC climate change meeting, COP18 in Qatar. Read more »
CCAFS Coordinating Unit - University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Science, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Rolighedsvej 21, DK-1958 Frederiksberg C, Denmark, phone +45 35331046; Email ccafs [at] cgiar [dot] org, EAN 5790000279012
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