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FANRPAN participates at the IDRC Roundtable on Climate Change
Accra, Ghana
25 July 2014


International Development Research Centre (IDRC) recently held a round table discussion to disseminate project results for its African Adaptation Research Centres (AARC) initiative in Accra, Ghana. The event was held on the last day of the 3rd Climate Change and Population Conference on Africa hosted by the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS), at the University of Ghana.

Participants at 3rd Climate Change and Population Conference on Africa
Participants at 3rd Climate Change and Population Conference on Africa

IDRC supports research in developing countries to promote growth and development. Under the AARC initiative, IDRC supports a limited number of African institutions to deliver timely scientific advice and expert assessment for adaptation investments and policy decisions across the continent. The initiative supports African research institutions to contribute needed expertise on climate change adaptation. The initiative aims to help:

  • Establish the conditions for institutions to carry out high quality adaptation research;
  • Ensure that promising developing country researchers and students choose to remain in their own country or region, and diaspora African scientists working abroad return to Africa, and are able to access the means to conduct rigorous research;
  • Build a strong base of evidence on adaptation to inform decision makers on the use and targeting of climate change funding, including rigorous economic analysis; and
  • Increase the capacity of African institutions to engage as strong players with African governments, to contribute research findings and recommendations to inform adaptation policies and initiatives.

Through the AARC initiative, IDRC awarded seven three-year grants for project proposals by research institutions in South Africa, Ghana, Tanzania, Benin, Burkina Faso and Egypt. FANRPAN's project based in South Africa is entitled "Strengthening Evidence-Based Climate Change Adaptation Policies (SECCAP) for Agriculture" (see http://fanrpan.octoplus.co.za/projects/seccap/ for project details).

The objective of the IDRC Roundtable Discussion was to disseminate the results from the selected IDRC-AARC funded projects and understand the different approaches used to reduce the risks associated with climate change and resource the vulnerability of smallholder farmers.

The following recommendations emerged from the discussions:

  • There is a need to downscale climate change models to smaller scales and understand specific local realities which constitute to the vulnerability of smallholder farmers to climate change.
  • Research needs to understand the resilience of smallholder farmers to climate change.
  • There is a need to develop and strengthen relevant institutional arrangements necessary for the use of ICTs to disseminate climate information to smallholder farmers.

The event was attended by 90 people. FANRPAN was represented by Mr Kanono Thabane.

FANRPAN participates at the IDRC Roundtable on Climate Change
 
FANRPAN participates at the IDRC Roundtable on Climate Change

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