Malawi Red Cross

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Presentation given by Ethel Kaimila on a side event of the European Development Days - Lisbon, 7 November 2007

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  • Malawi Red Cross

    1. 1. Malawi Red Cross Presentation by Ethel Kaimila
    2. 2. Background <ul><li>Malawi has not been spared from threats from extreme climate risks </li></ul><ul><li>Climate change is expected to make things worse mostly for farmers whose livelihood is affected by floods and droughts </li></ul><ul><li>The communication and use of weather and climate predictions is a crucial challenge for adaptation, particularly among illiterate farmers and other vulnerable community members. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Partners <ul><li>Malawi Meteorological Services </li></ul><ul><li>Red Cross Climate change center </li></ul><ul><li>Malawi Red Cross Society </li></ul><ul><li>Malawi Institute of Management </li></ul><ul><li>International Institute of Applied Sciences (IIASA ) </li></ul>
    4. 4. Purpose and objectives <ul><li>Purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Use of audio-visual tools to strengthen the capacity of small holder farmers in Salima district to adapt to droughts and floods </li></ul><ul><li>Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>To accelerate and enhance training/learning in risk communication, to drought adaptation strategies by smallholder farmers </li></ul><ul><li>To learn from the communities on how they view and understand climate change and climate change adaptation and build on these understandings </li></ul>
    5. 5. Activities <ul><li>Stakeholder meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Community sensitization </li></ul><ul><li>Community assessments KAP study, vulnerability capacity assessment (VCA) and other social learning methods </li></ul><ul><li>Review and application of climate change scenarios </li></ul><ul><li>Procurement of audio visual tools </li></ul><ul><li>Trainings </li></ul><ul><li>Production and use of audio visual tools </li></ul><ul><li>Participatory workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring and evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Documentation of the process </li></ul>
    6. 6. participatory workshops using audio visual tools Learning and sharing with the community on impact of floods/droughts, what happens during these disasters, what are the causes and how to predict the disasters and plan on how to do certain things differently
    7. 7. Concerns and challenges <ul><li>Designing and communicating weather forecasts to illiterate farmers </li></ul><ul><li>Funding beyond pilot phase </li></ul>
    8. 8. Lessons learnt <ul><li>Communities are experiencing impact of climate change and are motivated to learn more and see how to apply climate information in their farming life to improve on their livelihood. </li></ul>

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