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FCFA Mid-Term Conference Report

Jean-Pierre Roux, Zablone Owiti, Sultana Mapker, Julio Araujo, Nkulumo Zinyengere and Kristen Kennedy

The FCFA mid-term conference took place in Cape Town from 4th to 7th December 2017. This report presents an overview of the conference activities. It includes brief session reports for all conference sessions, summaries of key outcomes, and progress on…

How do sectoral policies support climate compatible development? An empirical analysis focusing on southern Africa

Matthew I. Englanda,⁎, Lindsay C. Stringera, Andrew J. Dougilla, Stavros Afionisa,

This paper develops and applies a qualitative content analysis to assess national sector policies of ten southern African countries to determine their approaches for water, agriculture, forestry and energy and their compatibility with the aims of the three dimensions of…

Climate change and the water–energy–food nexus: insights from policy and practice in Tanzania

Joanna Pardoe, Declan Conway, Emilinah Namaganda, Katharine Vincent, Andrew J. Dougill & Japhet J. Kashaigili

Using document analysis and key informant interviews, this article examines how climate change is addressed in policy, how it is being mainstreamed into water, energy and agriculture sector policies and the extent to which cross-sectoral linkages enable coordinated action.

Brief: Future climate projections for Malawi

UMFULA

This brief provides an overview of future climate change in Malawi, using results from the latest available climate model simulations. The UMFULA research team analysed 34 Global Climate Models (GCMs) that provide projections for Malawi to help planning and decision…

Climate Risk and Vulnerability Handbook for Southern Africa

Claire L Davis-Reddy and Katharine Vincent

CSIR and Kulima have launched the second edition of the Climate Risk and Vulnerability Handbook for Southern Africa. This handbook was conceived and designed with the intent to provide decision-makers with up-to-date information, appropriate for country planning, on the impacts…

Guide: How to understand and interpret global climate model results

Declan Conway, Katharine Vincent, Sam Grainger, Emma Archer van Garderen & Joanna Pardoe

Global climate models (GCMs) are the most widely used method to understand future climate change. A new guide from the Future Climate for Africa Programme explains how to interpret GCM results, in order to understand what models tell us about…

Brief: Future Climate Projections for Tanzania

Declan Conway, Neha Mittal, Emma Archer, Joanna Pardoe, Martin Todd, Katharine Vincent and Richard Washington

The UMFULA research team analysed 34 Global Climate Models that provide projections for Tanzania to try to distil robust messages and some key trends that may help planning and decision making. The Country Climate Brief provides an overview of future…

Current warming will reduce yields unless maize breeding and seed systems adapt immediately

A. J. Challinor, A.-K. Koehler , J. Ramirez-Villegas, S. Whitfield and B. Das

The development of crop varieties that are better suited to new climatic conditions is vital for future food production. Increases in mean temperature accelerate crop development, resulting in shorter crop durations and reduced time to accumulate biomass and yield. The…

Large differences in regional precipitation change between a first and second 2 K of global warming

Peter Good , Ben B.B. Booth , Robin Chadwick , Ed Hawkins, Alexandra Jonko & Jason A. Lowe

For adaptation and mitigation planning, stakeholders need reliable information about regional precipitation changes under different emissions scenarios and for different time periods. A significant amount of current planning effort assumes that each K of global warming produces roughly the same…

The onset and cessation of seasonal rainfall over Africa

Caroline M. Dunning, Emily C. L. Black, Richard P. Allan

Variation in the seasonal cycle of African rainfall is of key importance for agriculture. Here an objective method of determining the timing of onset and cessation is, for the first time, extended to the whole of Africa. The method is…