Capacity enhancement is a priority for CCAFS. The overall aim of the CCAFS capacity enhancement strategy is to develop capacity among different stakeholder groups to overcome the additional threats posed by a changing climate to achieving food security, enhancing livelihoods and improving environmental management.
CCAFS will seek to raise both the capacity of research partners and the capacity of others to demand and use that research effectively. Activities with researchers will include training in and co-development of scientific tools and models, a network of research students to share methods, support for women in their workplaces, and south-south and south-north exchanges. Activities with decision-makers will include knowledge-sharing platforms, critical science-policy dialogues, support to attend key decision-making forums at regional and global levels, awareness-raising on decision-support tools and other CCAFS outputs, and multi-stakeholder development of regional scenarios looking forward to 2030.
Examples of current initiatives
CLIFF PhD Student Network
Since 2010, CCAFS with the University of Copenhagen, has facilitated a PhD student network called CLIFF (Climate, food and farming network) to share research methods and access international expertise around three themes that centre on smallholder agricultural mitigation (mitigation potential, monitoring and measuring, incentive systems). Through a competitive process, students have been given small field grants towards their research. There have also been international meetings to bring together the students and the set of international university collaborators interested in developing the network. CLIFF will be actively fundraising this year and the future scale and style of the network depends on funds raised. Read more and get in touch at the CLIFF website.
Small Grant Awards: Gender, Climate Change, Agriculture, & Food Security
In 2010-2011, CCAFS held a competitive small grants program established for gender-responsive CCAFS research. Funding was awarded to female scientists doing research on CCAFS priorities. This effort aimed to help to demonstrate and contribute to understanding the linkages between climate change and gender more specifically, while developing policy-relevant findings on climate change, agriculture, and food security more generally. It also aimed to build research capacity of women scientists in partner institutions and increase their representation in agricultural research. Read more...