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Policy brief: Policy coherence for sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa

Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and London School of Economics and Political Science

Cross-sectoral approaches to policy development are essential to meeting the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which define the post-2015 development agenda. Coherent policy development requires strategic, logical assessment of interlinkages, trade-offs and opportunities within…

FONERWA Climate risk screening tool

Julio Araujo, Nkulumo Zinyengere and Zablone Owiti

Rwanda’s Green Fund, FONERWA, is at the forefront of investing in agricultural projects and continues to address climate change issues through adaptation and mitigation projects. In order to ensure that investments have a long legacy and are appropriately aligned with…

Climate change adaptation and cross-sectoral policy coherence in southern Africa

Matthew I. England, Andrew J. Dougill, Lindsay C. Stringer, Katharine E. Vincent, Joanna Pardoe, Felix K. Kalaba, David D. Mkwambisi, Emilinah Namaganda & Stavros Afionis

This paper, using the cases of Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia, investigates the extent of coherence in national policies across the water and agriculture sectors and to climate change adaptation goals outlined in national development plans. A two-pronged qualitative approach is…

A bias-corrected CMIP5 dataset for Africa using CDF-t method. A contribution to agricultural impact studies.

Adjoua Moise Famien, Serge Janicot, Abe Delfin Ochou, Mathieu Vrac, Dimitri Defrance, Benjamin Sultan and Thomas Noël

The objective of this paper is to present a new dataset of bias-corrected CMIP5 global climate model (GCM) daily data over Africa. This dataset was obtained using the cumulative distribution function transform (CDF-t) method, a method that has been applied to several…

CI4T Briefing note for Kenya

Dr Neha Mittal; Dr John K. Bore; Dr Joseph Sang; Prof. Andrew Dougill

Climate change is a global phenomenon with potential effects at the local level. Future climate projections indicates that mean annual temperature for Kenya may increase by 2.0 to 3.6°C by 2100 (Figure 1), while annual total precipitation may increase by…

CI4T Briefing note for Malawi

Dr Neha Mittal - University of Leeds, UK; Dr David Mkwabisi - Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malawi; Prof. Andrew Dougill - University of Leeds, UK

Climate change is a global phenomenon with potential effects at the local level. Our analysis of climate model projections indicates that mean annual temperature for Malawi may increase by 2.3 – 6.3°C by the 2090s (Figure 1), while rainfall projections…

Are subsidies to weather-index insurance the best use of public funds? A bio-economic farm model applied to the Senegalese groundnut basin

Aymeric Ricome, François Affholder, Françoise Gérard, Bertrand Muller, Charlotte Poeydebat, Philippe Quirion and Moussa Sall

While crop yields in Sub-Saharan Africa are low compared to most other parts of the world, weather-index insurance is often presented as a promising tool, which could help resource-poor farmers in developing countries to invest and adopt yield-enhancing technologies. Here,…

Current warming will reduce yields unless maize breeding and seed systems adapt immediately

A. J. Challinor, A.-K. Koehler , J. Ramirez-Villegas, S. Whitfield and B. Das

The development of crop varieties that are better suited to new climatic conditions is vital for future food production. Increases in mean temperature accelerate crop development, resulting in shorter crop durations and reduced time to accumulate biomass and yield. The…

Gender, agriculture and climate change in Malawi

UMFULA

Agriculture is a key livelihood activity and essential contributor to the Malawian, but it is vulnerable to climate change. Both men and women have key roles to play in agriculture, and understanding gender differences can enable better design and targeting of interventions…

Characteristics of wet and dry spells in the West African monsoon system

Stéphanie Froidurot and Arona Diedhiou

Using 17 years (1998–2014) of daily TRMM 3B42 rainfall data, we provide a climatological characterization of wet and dry spells in West Africa, which should serve to assess the ability of climate model to simulate these high impact events. The…