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CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION AND AFRICAN AGRICULTURE GRANTEE CONVENING 24-25 February 2011Project Name: Strengthening East African Resilienceand Climate Change Adaptation Capacity throughTraining, Research and Policy Interventions Grantee : Makerere University- College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) Presenter : Samuel Kyamanywa & Patrick Okori 0
Brief Background of the Institution• Makerere University has changed to a Collegiate type of administrative structure with 8 Colleges ’s. CAES is one of the largest Science teaching Units at the University (offering B.Sc., MSc and PhD degrees)• CAES has:-3 schools, 8 departments, 2 Research Institutes, multiple research and community engagement programmes through the MUARIK and Continuing Agriculture Education Centre (CAEC), and over 2400 students.• The College of Agriculture and Environmental Science is poised to address areas such as climate change adaptation across curricular, research, and policy development activities and to develop scientists of the future to address new issue areas. 1
Brief Background of the Institution College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences School of Agricultural School of Forestry, Environmental School of Food Technology, Sciences & Geographical Sciences Nutrition & Bioengineering Dept. Dept. of Department Department of MUARIKDept. of Dept of Geog., Dept of Department of Food MUBFSExtension Agribusines Agricultur of Forestry, Environmental Geo-Informatics Agricultural and Technology and Nutritionand s & Natural al Tourism and Management & ClimaticInnovation Resource Productio Biodiversity Sciences Forestrystudies Economics n Managemen Engineering t Food Technology and Centre for Climate and Business IncubationCAEC Agricultural Policy Analysis Centre Water resources Centre Geographic and Biodiversity information Centre Rangeland Resources Centre Centre for Waste management 2
Your other projects/programs on climate change adaptation• Enhancing Production Systems Adaptation To Climate Change For Increased Crop /Livestock Productivity – Catchment-Based Integrated Soil Fertility and Water Management for Increased Crop Production – Vulnerability and impact of climate change on livestock productivity and food security in the rangeland pastoral communities – Develop ecologically adapted crop management strategies for pests and diseases for increased crop productivity. – Improve agricultural productivity through enhanced water availability and utilization• Enhancing Food Security through Improved Seed Systems of Appropriate Varieties of Cassava, Potato and Sweetpotato Resilient to Climate Change in Eastern Africa. 3
Objectives of the Rockefeller Foundation Granta. Form an Advisory Climate Change Panel, with resident Senior Advisor, in order to focus climate change adaptation activities related to agriculture to ensure effective, interdisciplinary research and participation across Makerere Universityb. Review curricula to include climate science and climate change adaptation issues.,c. Undertake critical research on climate change adaptation within the framework of a competitive grant scheme in order to generate knowledge and technologies on adaptation in forestry, agrometeorology, climate science, arable agriculture and livestock production, and natural resources management.d. Create a regional community of practice on climate change adaptation in agriculture to increase knowledge-sharing and collaboration on capacity development, research, and policy engagemente. Engage collaboratively on policy issues related to climate change adaptation 4
Key Activities Related to the GrantObjective 1: Form an Advisory Climate Change Panel• Select committee from across and outside of University to advise, guide and oversee project activities at Makerere University.• Hire programme administrator to support climate change adaptation activities across Makerere University.• Select programme coordinator from within Makerere University to manage day-to-day activities of the initiative (50%) and facilitate transfer of knowledge from Senior Advisor.• Hire climate change expert to serve as Senior Advisor to the Faculty of Agriculture, resident at Makerere University Research Institute at Kabanyolo (MUARIK). 5
Key Activities Related to the GrantObjective 2: Review curricula – Develop and upgrade curricula to build capacity for the management and undertaking of research on climatic change adaptation within Uganda’s National Agricultural Agenda.Objective 3: Undertake critical research – Create a data base of on-going climate change adaptation research at Makerere University. – Understand available resources and funding sources. – Create competitive grant scheme for agriculture climate adaptation research at Makerere University. 6
Key Activities Related to the GrantObjective 4: Create a regional community of practice – Review of existing networks, – Identification of potential collaborators and discussion of plans for regional community of practice with Makerere University – Develop social networking tool, build community and create processes for use.Objective 5: Engage collaboratively on policy issues – Development of clear communications strategy on climate change – Train scientists and researchers on how to interact and communicate with government officials – Conduct roundtable discussions with officials and jointly with regional networks, – Writing of policy briefs and memos jointly created with regional networks, signed off by Climate Change Advisors, to influence current / new policies. – Present to select parliament committees with regional networks. 7
Highlight on the Progress to dateObjective 1: Form an Advisory Climate Change Panel•Project Advisory body: – A committee of 17 members has been established.( School of- Agric. Sciences, School of Environ. Geog. and Climatic Sciences; Directorate of Res.& Graduate Studies; Parliament of Uganda Climate change Colloquium; NARO , RuForum Min. of Water and Environ, and MAAIF). 4 meetings held•Project Management: – A project co-ordinator Dr. Okori appointed to manage the project on daily basis – Project management office established. – Project Administrator, Ms. Ruth Najuma Hired 8
Highlight on the Progress to dateObjective 1: Form an Advisory Climate Change Panel• Recruitment of Climate change Expert: – In the design of the project, the climate change Expert was to play a a pivotal role in overseeing Curriculum review and development, support research, and support policy dialogue. Un fortunately we faced a challenges in recruiting the expert. – The technical and advisory committee decided to constitute a team of local experts (climate change expert committee) to undertake the work that was supposed to be done by the expert. – The climate change expert committee is composed of three experts from Ministry of Water and Environment, Department of Geography Geo-informatics and Climate Sciences, and NARO 9
Highlight on the Progress to dateObjective 2 : Review curricula• Curriculum review team is in process and Report due July 1st .Objective 3: Climate Change and Adaptation Research•Competitive Grants: The TAC recieved 14 proposals. 5 proposals were selectedfor funding – Strengthening Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience among Small Holders Farmers. PI Dr. Vicent Muwanika Dept of Environmental Management. – Screening for Forages for Drought and Reseeding ability for feed and adaptation to climate change in Drylands inhabited by Agro Pastoral Communities. PI Prof E.N Sabiiti, Dept of Agricultural Production – Improving Integrated Production and Pest Management of rice for Climate change Adaptations in Uganda. PI Dr. Bosco Bua – Kyambogo University. – Adapting Agricultural Production to Climate Change in Kabale Highland region. PI Dr. Lwasa Shuaib- Dept Geographic, Geo-informatics and Climatic science 10
Highlight on the Progress to dateObjective 4: Create a regional community of practice• Compiling data base of on going Climate change activities in the country.• In partnership with PAMOJA Media we are developing social networking technology to facilitate knowledge transfer and sharing of best practices amongst climate change adaptation students, researchers, practitioners, and officials• Some members trained on use of online communication. Objective 5: : Engage collaboratively on policy• Signed a memorandum of understanding with Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)• Establishing a data base of institutions and individuals to be engaged in policy dialogue. 11
Key Challenges• Employing the climate change expert• Getting institutions and individuals to share information on what they are doing 12
Next stepsObjective 2.0• Complete Curriculum review by 31st July 2011• Mainstream climate change issues in some of the running academic programs.• New Undergraduate and M.Sc. programs ( outputs of the review process) to be submitted to University Senate by October 2011.• Development and review of teaching materials and lesson plans for M.Sc. Program by February 2012• Start implementing M.Sc. Program by 1st August 2012.• Identifying funding opportunities for new M. Sc. program.Objective 3.0• The Walker institute to backstop the research teams to strengthen research methodology in the ongoing• Monitor and evaluate the on going research projects. 13
Next steps• Objective 4.0• Organise workshops to identify collaborators, partners and institutions and discuss plans for regional community of practice with Makerere University – Responsibilities and expectations for each partner based on similar, existing collaborations. ()• Complete development of social networking tool,• Build community of practice and create processes for its use by 2011 (May 2011 and December 2011)• Establish criteria for evaluating performance of community of practice for continued relevance and effectiveness (end of April 2012),• Climate Change Adaptation Conference to bring together regional community of practice with regional and international experts, practitioners, and Universities (October –November 2012): 14
Next stepsObjective 5.0• Develop clear communications strategy on climate change to understand: – Whether and when to engage in policy development – How to engage in policy issues – Which topics to address (July 2011)• Scientists and researchers trained on how to interact and communicate with government officials (April-May 2011)• Production of policy briefs and memos jointly created with regional networks, signed off by Climate Change expert committee , to influence current / new policies. (December 2011)• Attendance at and presentation to select parliament committees.• These activities are to be implemented in partnership with FANRPAN 15
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