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Scientists meet to build capacity in African weather forecasting at African SWIFT Science Meeting and Summer School in Ghana

23 August 2019 // Knowledge creation and management

SWIFT and HyCRISTAL researcher, Caroline Wainwright recently attended the African SWIFT Summer School and Science Meeting in Ghana. Caroline and Vicky Boult, a fellow researcher at University of Reading and student on the Summer School, share insights on their experience.

Newsletter June 2019

28 June 2019 // Agriculture, Cities, Climate adaptation, Climate information, Climate science, Climate Services, Climate smart infrastructure, Extreme weather, Knowledge creation and management, Politics and Governance, Water

Welcome to the June 2019 edition of the Future Climate for Africa newsletter

Meaningful exchanges between decision-makers and researchers on East African Climate at the HyCRISTAL annual meeting

18 June 2019 // Climate information, Knowledge creation and management

From the 21st to 22nd May 2019 HyCRISTAL hosted its research into policy meeting in Kampala, Uganda. The two-day meeting provided a platform for exchanges to take place between climate scientists, climate researchers and decision-makers on the topic of climate change in East Africa drawing from the extensive research that has been undertaken by HyCRISTAL within the Future Climate for Africa program.

Creating a two-way dialogue for improved advocacy and communication

10 April 2019 // Agriculture, Knowledge creation and management

Many farmers in Uganda receive important agricultural information in a one-way sharing process, from government agricultural extension officers directly to the farmer. This method does not allow farmers to share their own experience and opinions or to be part of the knowledge building process.

‘Big data’ to help plan for climate shocks in East Africa

20 March 2019 // Agriculture, Livelihoods

Here’s the scenario: sweet potato farmers in the Mukono region of northern Uganda are expecting a reasonable harvest this spring. But the country’s meteorological service has issued a seasonal forecast that doesn’t bode well. They’re predicting heavier than normal rainfall in April, and the root vegetable doesn’t like to have feet wet.

Training in Python is fundamental for emerging African climate researchers

08 March 2019 // Climate information, Knowledge creation and management

A key output of Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) projects has been focusing on capacity development of Early Career Researchers (ECRs) through consortium, cross-consortia and external initiatives. It is hoped that through these initiatives ECRs will have increased knowledge, capacity and skills to enhance their development and/or use of climate information.

Newsletter - March 2019

05 March 2019 // Cities, Climate information, Climate science, Extreme weather, Knowledge creation and management, Livelihoods

Welcome to the March 2019 edition of the Future Climate for Africa newsletter

Final meeting showcases UMFULA's compelling 4-year research

26 February 2019 // Climate adaptation, Climate information, Climate science

As the Future Climate For Africa Program enters the final year of its research, it serves as an opportune time to look back and reflect on what has been achieved. This was no different for the team of researchers who attended the final UMFULA meeting, after 4 years of compelling research. The meeting was held from the 19th - 21st November on the shores of Tanzania’s coastline.

Conflict Resolution: a climate adaptation in East Africa?

13 February 2019 // Climate adaptation, Extreme weather, Livelihoods

One of the toughest questions that climate scientists are hoping to answer for East Africa, is what will happen with the region’s tropical rainfall patterns and what that will mean for its two wet seasons. The most up-to-date findings draw together the results of 40 different climate models, giving policy makers in the region something of a roadmap which can help them plan towards a future where drought and flood events will become more extreme and less predictable.

Filmmaking to support agri-extension in Uganda

06 February 2019 // Agriculture, Knowledge creation and management

The old style of supporting farmers in Uganda was to send a government-employed agricultural extension officer out into the field. He’d travel from farm to farm with information on the latest in crop sciences, or a seasonal forecast from the local met office.