Climate change adaptation in agriculture and natural resources management - course
Changing climate and weather patterns are predicted to have negative impacts on food production, food security and natural resources in East Africa. Without appropriate responses climate change is likely to constrain economic development and poverty reduction efforts and exacerbate already pressing difficulties. Especially countries with economies rooted in climate sensitive sectors like agriculture, fisheries and forestry are expected to be hit hardest. Climate change is both a global environment and a local development issue, as it could jeopardise the livelihoods of millions, particularly where its impacts are compounded by other factors or where existing poverty and hunger make it difficult to cope with its impacts. Targets as defined in the Millennium Development Goals will be more difficult to reach, simply because for countries in East Africa agriculture is, currently, the main economic activity and agriculture has traditionally been the key livelihood strategy for most people living in rural areas. Agriculture is also important in achieving other development goals at national level. Agriculture is at the forefront of shaping the concept of sustainable development. The renewed attention for the role of agriculture in development processes will have to take account of the vulnerabilities and risks posed by climate change. Possible positive impacts on natural resources should also be taken into account.
There is often limited knowledge and understanding of climate change adaptation concepts and its implications at local level. It is a rather new phenomenon with potential risks but limited reaction of policy makers. Moreover the capacities for adaptive planning, informed policy development and climate proof programming are weak.
The formulation of climate change adaptation projects is done by most least developed countries via the National Adaptation Programmes for Action (NAPAs). Most projects focus on technical issues and not on the institutional and technical capacities that should be in place to actually implement possible adaptation strategies.
This course will bridge the research-policy divide.
This course is the outcome of a process of needs assessment and dialogue on how to respond to Climate Change challenges in East Africa. It is part of a support programme for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in East Africa, supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation (EL&I) in the Netherlands. This training is one way of strengthening the capacities in the region, through well-established local structures. This course is developed in an innovative partnership between Wageningen University and Research Centre (Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation (CDI), Alterra and Plant Research International), the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Aims and objectives
Participants of this course will have full understanding of climate change adaptation concepts. They are able to effectively and meaningfully contribute to the debate on climate change adaptation, either in the policy process and or in providing knowledge to the policy process. They will strengthen their positions in these processes on the basis of newly acquired concepts, skills and methodologies.
The deadline mentionned is for the sholarship.