CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION AND            AFRICAN AGRICULTURE GRANTEE CONVENING                       24-25 February 2011  ...
Brief Background of the InstitutionNARL is one of the 15 Public Agricultural Research Institutes (PARIs),  established by ...
Your other projects/programs on climate change                   adaptation•   Lack of resilience in African smallholder f...
Your other projects/programs on climate change                 adaptation•   Assessing the productivity and carbon sequest...
Objectives of the Rockefeller Foundation GrantObjective 1: Mainstream awareness and understanding of climate change  adapt...
Key Activities Related to the GrantObjective 1:  • Establish National Steering Committee on CC    Adaptation that reports ...
Key Activities Related to the GrantObjective 2:    Partnership with Makerere University to train key researchers on CC   ...
Key Activities Related to the GrantObjective 3:  Technical advisor in CC research that builds institutional capacity and ...
Key Activities Related to the GrantObjective 4:  Technical advisor in CC policy that builds institutional capacity and is...
Key Activities Related to the Grant List of prioritized policy interventions (Year 1) Memos that provide recommendations...
Highlight on the Progress to dateProgress• National Steering Committee formed (18 members)• Strategy of community of CC ad...
Early Findings (optional)                            11
Number os recording stations                                    0                                    1                    ...
Number of stations in the record                                    0                                          2          ...
Early Findings (optional)No of days when daily max temp is greater than 25oC atMbarara south western Uganda               ...
Early Findings (optional)                            15
Key Challenges• Sustainability of current initiative after project expiry• Coverage weather stations limited to 8 instead ...
Lessons Learnt• Research activities requires a number of replications in various  AEZs to yield conclusive results on CC a...
Emerging Opportunities for Collaboration• Mentoring of institution with similar agenda within the Network  and beyond• Col...
Next steps•   Finalising current activities•   Sourcing for further funding•   Forging of partnerships•   Mentoring other ...
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  1. 1. CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION AND AFRICAN AGRICULTURE GRANTEE CONVENING 24-25 February 2011 Project Name: Strengthening NARO’s Capacity toDevelop Climate Change Adaptation Interventions and Policy Recommendations that ensure their Adoption Grantee : NARL/NARO Presenter : E. Komutunga and A. Agona 0
  2. 2. Brief Background of the InstitutionNARL is one of the 15 Public Agricultural Research Institutes (PARIs), established by the NAR Act (2005) under the aegis of NARONARL-Kawanda is mandated to carry out research in aspects of Soils & Agro-meteorology, Biotechnology, Plant Genetic Resources, Bio- control, Post-Harvest, Food Biosciences, Agricultural Engineering and Appropriate technology, and Agricultural InformaticsMission: To generate and promote agricultural technologies and approaches that improve productivity, value addition, income, food and nutrition securityVision: A Centre of excellence generating and promoting appropriate agricultural technologies 1
  3. 3. Your other projects/programs on climate change adaptation• Lack of resilience in African smallholder farming: Exploring measures to enhance the adaptive capacity of local communities to pressures of climate change "Integrated Soil Fertility Management and alternative crops as coping strategy for erratic weather pattern in Tororo district, Eastern Uganda" [Kayuki C. Kaizzi] (IDRC/GoU)• Sustainable land management research (D.N. Mubiru) GoU• Determination of cereal crops productivity trends under changing weather patterns in West Nile Agro-Ecological Zone (G. Iwe) GoU• Assessment of the potential effects of climate change and identification adaptation and mitigation strategies (A.Nakiganda) GoU• Effects of water levels on fish breeding/nursery areas in Lake Victoria GoU• Enhancing Food Security through Improved Seed Systems of Appropriate Varieties of Cassava, Potato and Sweet potato Resilient to Climate Change in Eastern Africa (BioInnovate) Sida• Enhancing the resilience of Mid Western Zone agricultural production systems to climate change (E. Zziwa E.) ATAAS 2
  4. 4. Your other projects/programs on climate change adaptation• Assessing the productivity and carbon sequestering potential of major land use types GoU• Conservation Agriculture for improved land management and livelihoods of smallholder farmers GoU• Identification and mapping of Ecologically Sensitive Areas (ESAs) in Lake Victoria (LVEMP II)• Demonstration and popularization of DTM in the MWZ of Uganda (E. Zziwa) CIMMYT• Drought tolerant varieties being adapted at Abi Zonal Agricultural Research Institute West Nile ( sorghum, pearl millet, cassava and ground nut, agro- forestry activities) GoU• Targeting gene based marker systems in Cassava “ Millennium Science Initiative” (MSI)• Water efficient Maize for Africa (G. Asea) AGRA 3
  5. 5. Objectives of the Rockefeller Foundation GrantObjective 1: Mainstream awareness and understanding of climate change adaptation concepts throughout NARO by working with management, researchers and implementers across the 15 units of NARO in order to prepare NARO to be a champion for climate change adaptationObjective 2: Deliver agro-meteorological data and analyses to customers, and to support regional climate risk management and adaptation researchObjective 3: Capture demand of farmers and other stakeholders and translate their needs into the development of relevant interventions in order to increase uptake of effective climate change adaptation technologiesObjective 4: Develop and present policy recommendations that address climate change adaptation at the organizational, local, national and regional levels in order to facilitate the passage of policies that promote food security and well being for the region’s population 4
  6. 6. Key Activities Related to the GrantObjective 1: • Establish National Steering Committee on CC Adaptation that reports to NARO Secretariat (Year 1) • Strategy and a framework for developing community of climate change adaptation champions (Year 1) • Conduct Workshops that increase awareness and integration of CC adaptation issues into R4D of interventions (On-going since Year 1) 5
  7. 7. Key Activities Related to the GrantObjective 2: Partnership with Makerere University to train key researchers on CC data analysis and agro-meteorology – using train the trainer approach (Year 1)  Training researchers and field workers on CC data analysis and agro- meteorology (Year 1)  Documentation of available climatic data from agricultural estates, livestock farms, NARO institutes, etc. (Year 1)  Digitization of hard copy data through outsourcing – to use these and other data for future climate variability and change studies, e.g., definitive datasets (Year 1)  Revamping data collection infrastructure: newly equipped weather observing stations at NARO institutes. (Year 1 and 2) 6
  8. 8. Key Activities Related to the GrantObjective 3: Technical advisor in CC research that builds institutional capacity and a change agents within NARO (Year 1) Workshops with external stakeholders, such as CC agricultural experts, policy makers etc. (Year 1) CG fund that invests in climate change “ground-truthing” (adaptation in action) and CC modeling and forecasting (Ongoing since Year 1)  Tested technologies that address climate change adaptation farmer needs e.g. water harvesting and storage (Ongoing since Year 1) Evaluation of effectiveness of adaptation technologies on productivity, fitness for consumption i.e. taste, ease of processing; involving external stakeholders in the process; frequency of evaluation depends on length of growing season (Year 2) 7
  9. 9. Key Activities Related to the GrantObjective 4: Technical advisor in CC policy that builds institutional capacity and is a change agent within NARO (Year 1) Revision of NARO’s existing policies and development documents that incorporates CC adaptation (Year 1) A Policy sub-group of the regional community of practice/ network that includes additional CC adaptation policy experts from Makerere and KARI, as well as established policy advocates, i.e. ASERECA and IFPRI (Year 1) Recommendations for incorporating CC adaptation into Ugandan national bills currently being written, i.e. Biotechnology and Safety and PGRFA 8
  10. 10. Key Activities Related to the Grant List of prioritized policy interventions (Year 1) Memos that provide recommendations for climate change adaptation around priority areas for intervention (Ongoing since Year 1) Feedback forums on climate change adaptation policy recommendations which include members or parliament (Ongoing since Year 1) Recommendations for a comprehensive climate change adaptation strategy for Ugandan agriculture, working within DSIP for agriculture, approved by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries. (Year 2) 9
  11. 11. Highlight on the Progress to dateProgress• National Steering Committee formed (18 members)• Strategy of community of CC adaptation Champions in place• Sensitization/awareness campaigns conducted• ToT conducted (15 technicians trained to Level II)• 2 MSc registered at MAK• 8 Automatic weather stations established• New Climate Expert recruited• 3 competitive grant projects at various implementation stages• Results of farmer perception disseminated in various fora• Drafts from Policy Expert available• Climate data digitized 10
  12. 12. Early Findings (optional) 11
  13. 13. Number os recording stations 0 1 3 4 5 6 7 2 8 01/02/1953 01/02/1955 01/02/1957 01/02/1959 01/02/1961 01/02/1963 01/02/1965 01/02/1967 01/02/1969 01/02/1971 01/02/1973 01/02/1975 01/02/1977 01/02/1979 01/02/1981 Years in Record Early Findings (optional) 01/02/1983 01/02/1985 01/02/1987 01/02/1989 01/02/1991 Tmax historical record in Uganda 1953-2001 01/02/1993 01/02/1995 01/02/1997 01/02/1999 01/02/200112
  14. 14. Number of stations in the record 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 01/02/1953 01/02/1955 01/02/1957 01/02/1959 01/02/1961 01/02/1963 01/02/1965 01/02/1967 01/02/1969 01/02/1971 01/02/1973 01/02/1975 01/02/1977 01/02/1979 01/02/1981 Years in Record Tmin of Uganda Early Findings (optional) 01/02/1983 01/02/1985 01/02/1987 01/02/1989 01/02/1991 01/02/1993 01/02/1995 01/02/1997 01/02/1999 01/02/200113
  15. 15. Early Findings (optional)No of days when daily max temp is greater than 25oC atMbarara south western Uganda 14
  16. 16. Early Findings (optional) 15
  17. 17. Key Challenges• Sustainability of current initiative after project expiry• Coverage weather stations limited to 8 instead of 15 to cover all AEZ• Conflict of interest between Meteorology Dept and NARO in popularizing/disseminating climate data• Climate data gaps• Non-cohesion between partners• Recommendation for experts to source other funding too ambitious• Time lost in recruitment of Climate Change Expert advisor 16
  18. 18. Lessons Learnt• Research activities requires a number of replications in various AEZs to yield conclusive results on CC adaptation• Climate change research requires long term funding commitment to sustain activities• Multi-sectoral approach is key sustainable CC adaptation and mitigation• A consortium of partners working in tandem is paramount to achieving long lasting results• Establishment of “One-stop-adaptation villages” enhance rapid adoption of CC technologies• Integration of ITK with modern technologies encourages greater community involvement• Most actors on CC adaptation and mitigation are mainly involved in advocacy/policy issues other technology generation• CC issues are not well-mainstreamed in most of the existing policy 17
  19. 19. Emerging Opportunities for Collaboration• Mentoring of institution with similar agenda within the Network and beyond• Collection and dissemination of climate in collaboration with MTN• Integration of locally generated climate data with advance global modelling systems for e.g. forecasting yields, pestilence and disease outbreaks• Scaling up/ rolling out CC adaptation technologies, knowledge and/or information• Implementation of developed strategies e.g. CC Champions, communication, capacity building etc.• Policy dialogues at all levels 18
  20. 20. Next steps• Finalising current activities• Sourcing for further funding• Forging of partnerships• Mentoring other institutions on invitation 19

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