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Revue de la recherche et des politiques en matière d’adaptation au changement climatique dans le secteur de l’agriculture en Afrique de l’Ouest
October 24, 2014 / Documents de travail / Working Papers in French

Document de travail 90
Edward R. Rhodes, Abdulai Jalloh et Aliou Diouf
Mai 2014

En Afrique, le secteur agricole est très vulnérable au changement climatique. La recherche sur l’adaptation à ce phénomène doit impérativement recevoir un soutien solide. Une étude documentaire faisant la synthèse de la recherche et de la politique en matière de changement climatique dans le secteur agricole de l’Afrique de l’Ouest a été réalisée dans le cadre des activités d’AfricaInteract, une plate-forme d’échange entre chercheurs et décideurs politiques concernant l’adaptation au changement climatique. Cette étude a pour objectif de développer la base de connaissances et de soutenir la formulation de politiques inspirées de la recherche en vue de favoriser l’adaptation au changement climatique des petites exploitations du secteur agricole (cultures, élevage, systèmes pastoraux et pêche) en Afrique de l’Ouest.

Ce document est aussi disponible en anglais: Review of research and policies for climate change adaptation in the agriculture sector in W Africa

Le présent rapport a été réalisé sous les auspices du projet AfricaInteract financé par le Centre de recherche pour le développement international (CRDI).

Revue de la recherche et des politiques axées sur l’adaptation au changement climatique dans les zones urbaines d’Afrique de l’Ouest
October 24, 2014 / Documents de travail / Working Papers in French

Document de travail 89
Maruf Sanni, Abdulai Jalloh and Aliou Diouf
Avril 2014

Ces dernières années ont vu une véritable explosion de la population humaine et du développement urbain. La sous-région d’Afrique de l’Ouest ne fait pas exception: sa population augmente selon un taux annuel moyen de 3% et pourrait atteindre 430 millions d’habitants d’ici 2020. Les changements climatiques ne manqueront pas d’y amplifier les défis urbains. Dans ce contexte, le Conseil Ouest et Centre Africain pour la Recherche et le Développement Agricoles (CORAF/WECARD) a fait réaliser un tour d’horizon de la littérature relative aux impacts du changement climatique ainsi qu’à l’adaptation y afférente dans les zones urbaines d’Afrique de l’Ouest. Ceci afin d’améliorer la base de connaissances et de sous-tendre la formulation de politiques fondées sur la recherche pour l’adaptation au changement climatique dans les zones urbaines d’Afrique de l’Ouest.

Ce document est aussi disponible en anglais: Review of research and policies for climate change adaptation in urban areas of West Africa

Le présent rapport a été réalisé sous les auspices du projet AfricaInteract financé par le Centre de recherche pour le développement international (CRDI).

Revue de la recherche et des politiques relatives à l’adaptation aux changements climatiques dans le secteur de la santé en Afrique de l’Ouest
October 24, 2014 / Documents de travail / Working Papers in French

Document de travail 88
Seydou Doumbia, Abdulai Jalloh et Aliou Gory Diouf
Avril 2014

Le continent africain est la région du monde la plus vulnérable à l’impact du changement climatique. Même si ce phénomène est incontestable et attesté par des preuves, de nombreuses incertitudes demeurent quant au rythme et l’ampleur de cet impact dans les sousrégions d’Afrique. Le présent rapport vise à identifier les lacunes au niveau de la recherche et des politiques axées sur l’adaptation au changement climatique dans le secteur de la santé en Afrique de l’Ouest. L’idée est de dégager des informations et de faire le point sur la situation afin d’inciter les chercheurs et les décideurs politiques à coopérer pour améliorer le processus d’élaboration de politiques solidement documentées qui pourront accroître la sécurité alimentaire et protéger les populations vulnérables des conséquences du changement climatique sur leur santé.

Ce document est aussi disponible en anglais: Review of research and policies for climate change adaptation in the health sector in West Africa

Le présent rapport a été réalisé sous les auspices du projet AfricaInteract financé par le Centre de recherche pour le développement international (CRDI).

The Politics of Small-Scale Irrigation in Tanzania: Making Sense of Failed Expectations
October 15, 2014 / Working Papers

Future Agricultures Working Paper 107
Anna Mdee with Elizabeth Harrison, Chris Mdee, Erast Mdee and Elias Bahati
September 2014

This working paper examines the dynamics of smallscale irrigation in two sites in Tanzania. It is an output from a wider project which explores how institutions for smallscale irrigation combine localised moral economies with national and international influences. The project seeks to understand how ‘external’ actors interact with ‘local’ norms, rules, moralities and politics, particularly in the context of climate change. It further asks how economic growth objectives can be reconciled with strengthened livelihoods and the resilience of diverse stakeholders.

The two study locations illuminate different aspects of the policy context for irrigation in Tanzania, where agriculture continues to provide employment for more than 80 percent of the population, but productivity remains poor and livelihoods are highly vulnerable. The latest policy initiatives aimed at developing agriculture such as Kilimo Kwanza suggest a significant role for irrigation in improving the productivity of agriculture, and will be crucial in attempts at commercialisation and growth.

Tanzanian irrigation policy shows a clear preference for the creation of large irrigation schemes to be managed by the private sector or by co-operatives of small farmers. ‘Traditional’ irrigation is only seen as desirable where it is ‘improved’ and formalised to fit within existing institutions of water management. To explore this policy context further, the study covers one location where irrigation is informal and ‘traditional’ but apparently improved by a change in technology, and one large irrigation scheme managed by a co-operative of small-scale farmers.

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Synthesis of Findings and Assessment of Gaps in Research and Policy: Urban Areas, Agriculture and Health
October 13, 2014 / Working Papers

Working Paper 105
Lars Otto Naess, Abdulai Jalloh, Mbène Dièye Faye, Aboubakar Njoya and Harold Roy-Macauley

This report provides a synthesis of key headline findings from 12 regional reviews (see Annex 1) on research-policy linkages on adaptation in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The reviews covered three separate themes – urban areas, agriculture and health – in the four regions of West, Central, Southern and East Africa.

The reports set out to review the state of knowledge on research and policy, identifying gaps as well as opportunities for collaboration. The reviews were carried out as part of the AfricaInteract programme, aimed at helping to enhance the knowledge base and support research-based policy formulation for climate change adaptation throughout SSA. The goal of this report is to bring together key findings from the regional reviews, and to reflect on key gaps as well as opportunities for supporting evidence-based policy formulation for climate change adaptation across SSA.

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Press release – ISSD Africa
October 1, 2014 / Media

Press release on the launch of the Comprehensive Programme on Integrated Seed Sector Development in Africa, September 2014.

ISSD Africa launch: press release (18 Sept 2014)
September 17, 2014 / Media

Press release announcing the launch of ISSD Africa.

The role of the state and foreign capital in agricultural commercialisation: the case of sugarcane..
September 8, 2014 / Working Papers

Full title: The role of the state and foreign capital in agricultural commercialisation: The case of sugarcane outgrowers in Kilombero District, Tanzania
Working Paper 106
Rebecca Smalley, Emmanuel Sulle and Lameck Malale

Since the launch of the Kilimo Kwanza (‘Agriculture First’) slogan in 2009, the Tanzanian government has been part of efforts to inject foreign capital into its country’s agricultural sector. A range of domestic and international players have developed plans to facilitate private acquisition of farmland; increase investment in irrigation and value addition; deepen the penetration of agribusiness; and bring more of Tanzania’s small-scale farmers into commercial agriculture, particularly through outgrower arrangements. The plans include the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor project (SAGCOT), a public–private partnership focused on Tanzania’s south-central region, and Big Results Now, which aims at achieving rapid progress in commercialisation and other agricultural policies in priority crops (Cooksey 2013). Sugar is a target sector.

One of the areas of Tanzania in which development is planned, the Kilombero Valley, already has a nucleus– outgrower sugarcane business. This working paper presents findings from a study of the sugarcane business in Kilombero. We argue that a dramatic but poorly planned expansion of the outgrower sector, combined with farmer services being transferred or reduced, has created wealth but also systemic weaknesses that are linked to falling returns for many outgrowers and a wider problem of land scarcity. The solution to these problems lies with the state, the company and associations of cane growers, as well as sugar industry regulatory institutions.

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Review of Research and Policy for Climate Change Adaptation in the Health Sector in East Africa
September 6, 2014 / Working Papers

Working Paper 104
Andrew K. Githeko, Abdulai Jalloh, Hezron Mogaka
August 2014

This review examines the state of research on adaptation to climate change in the health sector in the East African region and identifies key research and policy gaps.

The review indicated that it is now generally accepted that some diseases are sensitive to climate change and variability, particularly malaria and Rift Valley fever. However, the health sector has been slow in linking climate change and variability to other diseases, perhaps because of less clear cause-effect relationships. The government led health sector is still operating in the disaster management mode instead of the disaster prevention mode. There is an urgent need for capacity to use climate information and to apply tools such as predictive and spatial models. Stakeholders’ involvement with research and policy is fragmented and lacks coherence. The absence of some key stakeholders such as the World Health Organization (WHO) in addressing climate change concerns in Africa has delayed the process of adaptation in the sector. It is recommended that a solid body of knowledge indicating the relationship between disease epidemiology, climate change and variability should be developed.

This review was undertaken under the auspices of the AfricaInteract project funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

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Review of Research and Policies for Climate Change Adaptation in the Agriculture Sector in East Africa
September 2, 2014 / Working Papers

Working Paper 103
Emma T. Liwenga, Abdulai Jalloh and Hezron Mogaka
August 2014

 

Climate change is rapidly emerging as a major risk factor affecting the agriculture sector across the East African region. This paper aims at synthesising research and policies related to climate change adaptation in the agricultural sector in Africa, with a particular focus on the East African region. The review was based on a detailed literature search with a focus on performance of the agricultural sector within the East African region.

Agricultural research is a crucial area for adaptation to climate change in order to deal with changes in the length of growing seasons, increased droughts and periodic waterlogging as well as increased temperature and salinity. Integrated approaches are also needed in development interventions aimed at promoting adaptation to climate change. Combining local and scientific knowledge systems is important for making climate information relevant locally and for empowering communities. Empirical studies on gender also need to be conducted in different agro-ecological zones to test its contribution to adaptation planning.

This review was undertaken under the auspices of the AfricaInteract project funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

 

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