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Lusaka’s water security needs integrated planning and governance

06 June 2019 // Agriculture, Cities, Climate information, Politics and Governance, Water

Lusaka is one of Africa’s fastest growing cities, and urban densification and economic growth will call for more strategic planning of its water supply and infrastructure. The Zambian capital has enough water supply for the foreseeable future, however the growing demand for this resource from city users, the hydro-power scheme on the river which supplies Lusaka’s electricity, and the sugarcane industry upriver of the city, will call for greater cooperation between the city and various government departments that are responsible for these different sectors.

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.

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.

Bull’s-eye set for West Africa’s ‘great green wall’ of trees

30 January 2019 // Agriculture, Climate information, Climate science, Extreme weather

The Sahara has slowly been edging its toe southwards for decades, as heavy grazing, farmers cutting trees for firewood, and drought are turning the edge of the semi-arid Sahel region of Africa into a desert. The ‘great green wall’ is an ambitious tree-planting programme that aims to rope in the cooperation of 20 different countries, from Senegal in the west, to Sudan and Eritrea in the east, to throw a wall of green in its path, and arrest the desert’s spread.

What latest assessment on global warming means for southern Africa

12 October 2018 // Agriculture, Climate information, Extreme weather, Water

The release this week of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) special report on global warming of 1.5℃ above pre-industrial levels marks a critical point in climate negotiations. Billed in the media as “life changing,” the report illustrates how crossing the ever-nearer threshold of 1.5℃ warming will affect the planet, and how difficult it will be to avoid overshooting this target.

AMMA-2050 making strides in climate science and engaging stakeholders with climate information

05 March 2018 // Agriculture, Cities, Climate information, Climate science, Livelihoods

This blog describes the progress AMMA 2050 has made towards achieving its project goals and describes some innovative approaches being used to engage stakeholders.

Watch the Webinar: Linking global warming with recent trends in intense storms in West Africa

24 January 2018 // Agriculture, Climate information, Climate science, Livelihoods, Water

This webinar by Prof. Taylor provided an introduction to the work of the AMMA-2050 consortium, insight into the rapid increase in intense Sahelian storms observed in recent decades, and how continued climate change will influence flood risk in the region.

Launch of Climate Information for Resilient Tea Production (CI4T) Project

03 July 2017 // Agriculture, Climate science, Knowledge creation and management

This project will provide climate information for tea-producing regions in southern Malawi and western Kenya.

Study shows that melting Greenland ice-sheets could affect agriculture and induce migration in the Sahel.

30 June 2017 // Agriculture, Cities, Climate science, Livelihoods

A study involving researchers from FCFA's AMMA 2050 has found that melting Greenland ice sheets could affect agriculture and livelihoods in the Sahel.