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IDRC Workshop on Economic Analysis of Adaptation Options to Climate Change
6 September 2012 - 12 September 2012


The International Development research Centre (IDRC), hosted a training workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, to support the effective implementation of the economic analysis component on seven African projects that they are supporting. FANRPAN, was represented by Dr. Sepo Hachigonta, the coordinator for Strengthening Evidence-Based Climate Change Adaptation Policies (SECCAP) project (http://www.fanrpan.org/projects/seccap/), Ms Relebohile Letele (MSc. student, National University of Lesotho), Ms. Phindile Shongwe (MSc student, University of Swaziland) and Mr. Mkuwanda Mtimuni (MSc. student, Bunda college of Agriculture, Malawi)

The main objective of the workshop was to bring together seven African Adaptation Research Centres (AARC) and renowned economists to discuss progress, challenges and ideas on the economic analysis component of their projects as well as to expose them to a variety of techniques to undertake policy-relevant research on the economics of climate change adaptation. The specific objectives were to:
  • Undertake a peer-review of the on-going research (work in progress) to ensure the quality of the economic analysis component and provide timely feedback
  • Train the participants on state-of-the-art methodologies for economic analysis, particularly techniques on cost benefit analysis of adaptation options
  • Discuss datasets, data availability, and accessibility for the undertaking of the economic analysis
  • Review the main drivers and obstacles to private adaptation
  • Consolidate the current experiences in economics of climate change adaptation through revisiting selected case studies and develop an effective roadmap for everyone involved in project implementation
On the first day, participants had a field visit in Machako and the Kenya Agriculture Research Institute (KARI) which is located about 70km from Nairobi. The field visit was significant as it showed current climate adaptation methods that are being experimented at the research unit. Participants visited local farmers who are currently embarking on pit planting, water conservation and box ridges to prevent water runoff which contributes to soil erosion and silting. Furthermore, participants visited a tree conservation nursery being implemented by young farmers who have taken the initiative to grow trees and sell to other farmers.

From the workshop, it was noted that integrating models such as social-economic and biophysical is challenging as we have to understand the boundaries of different systems being modelled. Participants must make an effort to tap in existing downscaled climate data (e.g. from The University of Cape Town). It is also critical to distinguish between autonomous vs. planned adaptation and to rank adaptation approaches and prioritise. The stakeholders must have a broader methodology when analysing selected adaptation options.

About AARC

The African Adaptation Research Centres (AARC) is an initiative led by the International Development research Centre (IDRC), supports seven centres of excellence in Africa including FANRPAN to conduct research and build organizational capacity related to climate change adaptation. The primary aim of the initiative is to strengthen the leadership and research capacity of African institutions to deliver timely scientific advice and expert assessment for adaptation investments and policy decisions across the continent.
FANRPAN participate in IDRC Workshop on Economic Analysis of Adaptation Options to Climate Change in Nairobi
FANRPAN participate in IDRC Workshop on Economic Analysis of Adaptation Options to Climate Change in Nairobi

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