Climate Change Adaptation in Africa - Integrating meteorological and indigenous knowledge-based seasonal climate forecasts for the agricultural sector
The Climate Change Adaptation in Africa program, funded by Canada's International Development Research Centre and the United Kingdom's Department for International Development, has supported a number of projects that have investigated how seasonal climate forecasts developed by national meteorological services (SCFs) might be better integrated into agricultural and pastoral decision-making to strengthen livelihoods and food security. Through these projects, it has become clear that indigenous knowledge-based seasonal forecasts, which have been used by communities for decades, provide information that is complementary to the SCFs. Some projects set out to investigate links between the two information sources at the outset, while others explored them when they emerged as an important focus in supporting increased uptake of SCF information.
About CCAA Learning Papers
In 2009, the CCAA program launched a series of learning forums, bringing supported research teams together to share knowledge on themes relevant to climate change adaptation. These forums facilitate learning across teams, and aim to generate synthetic lessons and findings useful to government officials, development organizations, donors, communities affected by climate change, and a broad range of institutions working to support adaptation in Africa.
Through a facilitated process of discussion, forum participants share research findings, and progressively deepen their exploration of common themes arising. Facilitators, CCAA staff members, and technical editors work with researchers and subject area specialists to crystallize key learning, and structure knowledge into core topics for further discussion. The results of these successive rounds of discussion are then written up in paper form and extensively reviewed by contributors, external experts, and CCAA staff members.
CCAA Learning Papers can be accessed in electronic format at www.idrc.ca/ccaa along with briefs which accompany most titles. Hard copies are available upon request.