Enhancing the adaptive capacity of smallholders to climate variability through response farming innovations
Duration: 15/Dec/2012 - 31/Dec/2013
Locations: Eastern and Southern Africa,Kenya
Project contact: Dr KPC Rao (K.RAO@CGIAR.ORG)
Donor: Other international or regional organization,Association for Strengthening of Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA)-Uganda
CGIAR Research Program: CCAFS,Dryland Systems
The project aims to enable decision makers and implementers to make informed decisions and adopt improved management strategies that reduce risk and exploit opportunities created by variable rainfall conditions using the best available scientific information on climate and its impacts on agriculture in the semi-arid tropics of Eastern and Central Africa. This will be achieved through the following outputs: A regional data and knowledge base with data on soil, crop, climate and important socio-economic indicators as well as information on best practices and lessons learnt from the pilots that serve as an interface between climate information producers and users; technologies and management options that help in reducing risks and improving productivity of agricultural systems; protocols and formats to interpret and present climate information tailored to the identified end-users' needs; researchers and extension specialists trained in the use of new tools and methods like crop simulation models, weather generators etc; and guidelines and mechanisms for effective collaboration among various institutions.