Call for applications: Climate Change Adaptation Learning Initiative

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Practical solutions to adapt to climate change in production and post-harvesting sectors: Mozambique and Rwanda Projects’ experiences

6th – 16th November 2016

Climate change is a driver of vulnerability in particular for those people whose livelihood depends on natural resources. Rural people rely on the ecosystems and biodiversity hence consider climate variability and change as an important threat and the negative impacts of these changes are endangering the livelihood of smallholder farmers worldwide. This dramatic phenomenon has eliminated that element of predictability that allowed smallholder farmers to count on seasons and traditional knowledge to predict the weather and organize their farming activities. Nowadays, seasons, floods, droughts and storms no longer come when expected. Water stress, soil erosion and infestations are all contributing to making smallholder farmers more vulnerable.
In the East and Southern Africa (ESA) region, the effects of climate change will be compounded by the region’s high poverty levels, weak infrastructure, poor natural resources management and dependence on rain fed agriculture. As a matter of fact, in order to cope with these changes and overcome their related challenges, rural communities are called to develop innovative and adaptive solutions, strategies and practices.
In September 2012, the Adaptation to Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) was launched by the International Fund of Agricultural Development (IFAD) and it is currently the largest adaptation programme targeting smallholder farmers enabling them to improve their food security and nutrition, raise their incomes and strengthen their resilience towards climate change negative effects on production and post-harvesting.

Under the framework of the Programme “Strengthening Capacities and tools to scale up and disseminate Innovations” implemented by the PROCASUR Corporation and funded through an IFAD’s large cross-regional grant, a year long Learning Initiative (LI) focused on Climate Change Adaptation will take place in the ESA region. The LI is titled “Practical solutions to adapt to climate change in the production and post-harvesting sectors: the cases of Mozambique and Rwanda” and will draw from the cases of Pro-poor Value Chain Project in the Maputo and Limpopo Corridors (PROSUL) and Climate Resilient Post-Harvest and Agribusiness Support Project (PASP) in Mozambique and Rwanda respectively.The Learning Initiative will expose a group of selected projects and their stakeholders’ units to a set of innovation mechanisms and learning activities. It is intended to support collaborative learning and action betweeen individuals and organizations linked to IFAD to introduce sustainable practices, adaptive technologies and climate-resilient post-harvesting infrastructures, technologies and practices.

The Learning Initiative foresees the implementation of a Learning Route (LR) in the ESA region (in particular in Mozambique and Rwanda) from 6th to 16th of November 2016 and the promotion of a set of activities that will be developed during the LR year-long ex-post phase, in particular:

• The setting up of a Capacity Building activity with the opportunity of learning directly in the field and from its protagonists in a peer to peer mechanism;

• A customized set of Technical Assistance activities for the improvement and/or implementation of the Innovation Plan exercise;

• The development of a community of practitioners and the facilitation of working in networks where sharing of information on issues relating to climate change adaptation will take place through the virtual platform of the LI;

• The development of a dedicated page on PROCASUR’s website to share publications and documentations on best practices and lessons learned on climate smart strategies in production and post harvesting sectors.

In order to apply, it is necessary to send the application form to and before the 10th of October 2016. This is the deadline for the reception of applications and other documents. Early applications are encouraged.

For more information please email or call PROCASUR with your queries:

Ms. Laura Fantini,, phone: + 254 (0) 718914793
Ms. Loise Irungu,, phone: +254 (020) 2716036

We will be happy to provide you with more information on the Learning Initiative and guide you in the application process.

Please feel free to share this information with other potential participants and people you feel will be interested in applying. We remain at your disposal should you require any further information.

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