Sub-Saharan Africa

Knowledge enhancement for modeling in climate change: capacity-building in Southern, Western, and Eastern Africa

The goal of the project is to build capacity for trans-disciplinary climate change and agricultural research throughout the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region. The aim is to prepare and publish integrated assessments of climate change impacts and adaptation for Western, Eastern, and Southern Africa (see Fig.).

The AgMIP Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Coordination Project is led by Dr. J. Kihara of CIAT. Key collaborating scientists include Drs. J. Huising and S. Koala of CIAT; S. Zingore of IPNI; D.M. Sefakor of University of Ghana; and J. Mangisoni of University of Malawi. The team, in coordination with the AgMIP Leaders (Drs. C. Rosenzweig, J. Jones, J. Hatfield, K. Boote, P. Thorburn, C. Porter, S. Janssen, A. Ruane, J. Antle, R. Valdivia, G. Nelson) will build curricula, develop individual and group learning modules, and teach in climate, crop, economic, information technology, and integrated assessments.

The Regional Coordination Team will liaise with designated members of the AgMIP Sub-Saharan Regional Research Teams, and with AgMIP Leadership, to enable collaboration. Research Teams will be advised on how to organize and prepare development of an inventory of data needed for regional assessments (e.g., weather, site experiment, soil, socio-economic parameters); preparation of presentation materials; guidelines for identifying IT goals of the project (e.g., data management plans, project website, etc.); establishing concise summaries of climate, crop and economic model analyses in planning or underway; and, identification of stakeholders whose engagement is likely to be mutually beneficial.

Workshop reports summarize presentations and learning activities and provide guidance on next steps. Included is consideration of training on specific topics to be advanced in partnership with national and international groups (e.g., NARS, CCAFS and others) that have expressed interest in co-sponsorship of special training sessions of value to multiple climate change and agriculture initiatives in the region.