GCRF-AFRICAP - Agricultural and Food-system Resilience: Increasing Capacity and Advising Policy

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leeds
Department Name: Sch of Biology

Abstract

Agricultural development is fundamental to achieving many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Levels of undernourishment and malnutrition remain high across the region and current trends show a growing gap between the food needs of a growing population and agricultural productivity. Moreover, in a context of changing climates, and, in many areas, increased incidence of extreme and unprecedented events (notably drought and extreme heat, as well as increasingly extreme rainfall and crop pest infestations), the increased risk of crop failures is exacerbating this challenge. Across Africa, governments recognise that agricultural development and transformation needs to be an engine of economic growth and poverty alleviation, particularly where cycles of low productivity (and periodic crop failures), limited access to resources, and small land holdings lock rural households into cycles of poverty.
Agricultural practice must also contribute to the sustaining of soil, water, biodiversity and more, and is increasingly being targeted as a sector within which we must reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Achieving sustainable and resilient transformations of agriculture and food systems in Africa is a complex and multi-faceted challenge, which requires novel approaches to research and evidence and new policy and institutional enabling environments. This project sets out to collaboratively build the capacities required across research and policy to tackle this multi-faceted challenge, and help avoid the policy paralysis that in some countries led to little or no progress towards the Millennium Development goals.

The project team, which includes the University of Leeds, University of Aberdeen, the UK Met Office, the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) and Chatham House encompasses expertise in agriculture, climate, ecology, soils, water, post-harvest losses, land use, nutrition and health, rural livelihoods, and policy and institutional analysis. FANRPAN is a multi-stakeholder pan-African network whose mission is to build resilient food systems across Africa through the assessment and creation of food, agriculture and natural resources policies that are both evidence-based and developed in partnership with non-state actors.

We will address research and capacity growth under 3 broad themes: (1) how to make agriculture (and food systems) productive as well as resilient to extreme weather whilst minimising impacts on the environment and maximising its contributions to livelihoods, and food and nutrition (2) as the economic and food-security demands on agriculture change over the next decades, and at the same time weather and climate risks change, what are the feasible ways that agriculture can develop to become more productive in order to meet future needs? (3) how can policy be developed that enables potential sustainable, productive, climate-resilient pathways to be realised in the most inclusive way, thus maximising the contribution of agriculture to achieving the SDGs?

Work will be focused in four countries in SSA: Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia -which are low income countries with varied farming systems - and South Africa, which is an upper middle income country. In each country, research and policy capacity will be built through collaborative partnerships across academic institutions, non-governmental organisations, and policy makers. Through FANRPAN and Chatham House' s inter-governmental policy expertise and platforms, we aim to generate lessons learned from our case-study countries and disseminate them across Africa to contribute to capacity building and evidence-based agricultural transformation through the application of a similar model of evidence into policy in other African countries, and at the regional level.

Planned Impact

Our motivation in this grant is to make a positive difference towards ensuring the implementation of sustainable agricultural development pathways in the face of multiple, sometimes conflicting, needs: sustainability priorities for agriculture and food systems, the changing demands and pressures arising from climate change (and its mitigation and adaptation) and the need for productivity growth to support economic development in SSA. The Malabo declaration of the heads of state of the African Union reaffirmed the key principles of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) which include, among others: a) the pursuit of agriculture-led growth as a main strategy to achieve targets on food and nutrition security and shared prosperity; b) the exploitation of regional complementarities and cooperation to boost growth; c) the application of principles of evidence-based planning, policy efficiency, dialogue, review, and accountability; and (d) the need to build resilience in the face of climate change.

The project is designed to target the building of capacity for research and knowledge exchange to underpin policy and practice, through co-designed activities and research training across UK and African institutions in order to address critical gaps in understanding, within the project and beyond it. This will be achieved through new collaborations and integrated working across UK teams from Leeds (with expertise in food and nutrition security, climate and weather, agriculture, politics, livelihoods, environment), UK Met Office (climate and weather), Aberdeen (land use and climate change, nutrition), Chatham House (policies and governance). The UK teams will work closely in SSA, facilitated by FANRPAN, the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy and Analysis Network (research-into-policy expertise), as well as building on existing relationships of project partners in the four focal countries, for example between the UK Met Office and National Met Services; and between the University of Leeds and Liongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Malawi), Sokoine University (Tanzania), University of Zambia and Stellenbosch University (SA).

It further aims to build capacities for the management and implementation of ambitious, policy-oriented research (drawing particularly on expertise within the Leeds University Research Innovation Service and the FANRPAN operations team), strengthen mechanisms and forums for evidence-based policy implementation and upscaling, and use evidence to help design policies to deliver sustainable and Climate Smart Agrifood System development. The project represents an investment in a long term strategy for evidence to feed into policy across scales, from initial ' special agricultural zones' within each of the case study countries, into national and regional policy forums (a model with which Chatham House have experience).

This model, and its implementation, will draw in particular on the extensive policy networks and convening power, at a regional level, of FANRPAN and, at an international level, of Chatham House. This includes relationships with on-going initiatives, such as the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance (ACSAA) and the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA), as well as with the African Union/New Partnership for Africa's Development (AU/NEPAD), Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), and the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA).

Publications

10 25 50
 
Title SABC Living Land documentary 
Description With support from AFRICAP partners the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) and Economic and Research Foundation (ESRF), the South African Broadcasting Corporation produced an episode of their Living Land documentary on that focused on AFRICAP's work in Tanzania. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The documentary was screened on SABC 2 on Saturday 28 September and increased awareness among viewers of the programme's work. 
 
Title Tigwirane Manja 
Description A participatory documentary film in Mangochi, Malawi documenting local challenges and locally developed solutions. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Notable impacts are that the group who made the film are currently putting into practice the solutions that they came up with, working with the chiefs and wider community. There were also two main screenings of the film: one in the village in which it was made which was attended by 300-400 people and one in Lilongwe which was attended by 50+ people many of whom work in development for a variety of organisations: notably the head of USAID and several UN department heads. It has also been seen by lots of small groups of development workers, friends and residents of the neighbouring village in Malawi. There are also plans to set up a local cinema in the village where it was made so that the group can continue showing it and show new films. 
 
Description Baseline policy analysis work in our focal countries -which has involved policy level interviews and document analysis - revealed that there is a strong emphasis on intensification, innovation and diversification in agriculture and food systems as a means to achieving food security, building climate resilience and achieving export commodity-based economic growth.

At our in-country participatory scenarios workshops we engaged with approximately 200 stakeholders to identify the critical uncertainties that shaping future agricultural and food systems in each of our focal countries. While stakeholders in all four countries agreed that climate risk was one of the two critical uncertainties, the second varied by country
1. land tenure and reform (little versus radical) (South Africa);
2. innovation and adoption (weak versus strong) (Tanzania)
3. access and functioning local to global (weak versus strong) (Zambia)
4. policy aligned to deliver food systems outcomes (versus poorly aligned, silo-ed, policy) (Malawi)

In the context of plausible alternative futures, we have set out to analyse the value of different policy pathways. This question has been the basis for developing an integrated model-based assessment framework, which combines climate, crop, land use and trade models and national food balance sheets.

A significant amount of work has been done to parameterise this integrated modelling framework for our focal countries. To date this has focused on parameterising and running an analysis of climate crop impacts for maize, soybean, cassava and potato. Initial runs have revealed declining productivity for maize, particularly under high emissions scenarios, but a mixed picture (including some potential yield gains) for other crops; supporting the value of agricultural diversification policies.

Our analysis of climate model skill suggests that there are areas in our focal countries (such as northern and coastal Tanzania), for which rainfall is not well simulated, but that new high resolution convection permitting models (such as CP4 Africa) are improving our simulations of the distribution of extreme rainfall.

Our integrated modelling framework, is being developed in consultation with policy advocacy groups (e.g. the FANRPAN country node organisations) to explore a range of policy-relevant questions that align to our scenarios outcomes - e.g. about technology development, market integration, land use change and more.

Our fieldwork activities are producing more contextualised information about different innovations and agricultural and rural development strategies represented in existing policy (such as improved crop varieties, the promotions of conservation agriculture, diversification):

- An analysis of seed system survey (n=240) reveals a strong focus on breeding drought-tolerant and early-maturing varieties of maize. However, our climate impacts analysis suggests that early maturing maize is likely to have sub-optimal biomass accumulation under future climates.
- An evaluation of conservation agriculture in on-farm and research station trials in Malawi shows an association with improved maize root structure and soil properties, such as available nitrogen. However, we also find socio-economic challenges in conservation agriculture practice.
- Preliminary findings from an analysis of a household survey (n=1200) suggests a relationship between crop profiles and diversity and household nutrition, a relationship mediated by other socio-economic factors.
Exploitation Route We expect the outcomes from the integrated assessment framework to be used by policy- and decision-makers in the sphere of agri-food systems at both national and regional levels. The modelling results accompanied by qualitative descriptors will allow such stakeholders to consider the future impact of decisions made today on the pathways for agri-food systems in their countries, and how to make such systems more resilient to climate change. As such, these results will continue to inform the programme team's ongoing engagement with policymakers, civil society and other non-academic stakeholders. Although we expect the outcomes to be of most interest in the agriculture, food and drink sector, the prioritisation of climate risk in all four focal countries suggests that the impact could extend to those in the environmental sector considering the impact of climate change and how to increase resilience to those impacts.

Beyond policy spheres, research findings may be used by early career academics and students in their research. The Zambian household survey data, for example, are to be analysed by a University of Leeds Master's student in collaboration with a University of Zambia early career academic. Further dissemination of outcomes through channels such as the MOOC and seminar series could extend such opportunities to those outside of the direct GCRF-AFRICAP consortium.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Education,Environment

URL https://africap.info/news/
 
Description Since entering our third year of implementation, GCRF-AFRICAP has worked to achieve impact beyond academia through capacity-building activities both within and outside of the implementing team. External stakeholders that we continue to engage through our policy-focused activities have commented on our original approach and how this provides a unique perspective on policy processes in their respective countries. The impact of this future visioning work is particularly clear in the five-year strategic plan recently launched by Malawian partner organisation CISANET (Civil Society Agriculture Network). The long-term view linked to climate projections has helped in the development of this new plan that is capable of addressing the increasing climate variability and risks faced across the country. Furthermore, during a visit to the National Planning Commission in Malawi in October 2019, team members were told that GCRF-AFRICAP programme findings could be fed into both the long-term National Development Plan (Vision 2063) and the National Resilience Strategy, both of which are currently being drafted. Policy-makers at the National Planning Commission tasked with drafting Vision 2063 have requested to use our findings to answer key questions, including: Which crops should be grown, and in what way? How resilient will yields be? How will this choice affect land use, food supply, and nutritional outcomes? What implications does the choice of crop and land use pattern have for trade? What exports will be available and what will be the reliance on imports to meet food security needs? How does this choice affect long-term sustainability? We continue to note capacity being built across our team members and beyond in the administration and management of research projects of this scale. FANRPAN has been involved in two further successful bids with UoL colleagues. The results of the Partner Institutional Viability Assessment conducted in our four main partner organisations in January and February 2020 will be used to create a capacity-building plan for the remainder of the programme, which will further increase those organisations' ability to attract and manage research grants of this nature in the future.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Environment
Impact Types Policy & public services

 
Description Attendance by FANRPAN CEO at 15th partnership platform meeting for the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description CISANET invited to join Malawi's National Resilience Strategy taskforce
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Contribution to "The Implementation Guidelines for the Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Plan for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (CCAMP)", following invitation by The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) in South Africa.
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description FANRPAN CEO attendance at meeting of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA)
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Participation of PI and Co-I in review of the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://www.ipcc.ch/report/srccl/
 
Description Policy design and engagement meeting with the Tanzania Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance (TCSAA)
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Postnote on Sustaining the Soil Microbiome (PN-0601)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/POST-PN-0601
 
Description Submission by AFRICAP Lead Partner and Country Node on the Draft National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy of South Africa
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Submission by AFRICAP Lead Partner and Country Node to the Director General of Environmental Affairs for the South African Climate Change bill
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Agri-systems research to enhance livelihoods in developing countries
Amount £520,500 (GBP)
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2019 
End 03/2021
 
Description Improving Preparedness to Agro-Climatic Extremes in Malawi (IPACE-Malawi)
Amount £252,820 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/S005900/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2018 
End 07/2020
 
Description Interdisciplinary PhDs: The Ethics of Climate Services
Amount £51,650 (GBP)
Organisation University of Leeds 
Department Priestley International Centre for Climate
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2018 
End 09/2021
 
Description SHEAR
Amount £252,820 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/S005900/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2018 
End 07/2020
 
Description UK-China-Global Education Partnership Fund (previously the UK-China-BRI Countries Partnership Fund)
Amount £71,000 (GBP)
Organisation British Council 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2019 
End 03/2023
 
Description WUN Research Development Fund
Amount £22,240 (GBP)
Organisation Worldwide Universities Network 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2019 
End 11/2019
 
Description What to plant, when and where? - designing integrated forest-agricultural landscapes to enhance multiple livelihood benefits to and from agriculture
Amount £576,529 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/S014586/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2019 
End 03/2021
 
Description World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) CCAFS funds - Climate Smart Agriculture Compendium
Amount £78,079 (GBP)
Organisation World Agroforestry Centre 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country Kenya
Start 01/2019 
End 12/2019
 
Title Climate forecast analysis manuals 
Description University of Leeds and UK Met Office, in collaboration with the Malawi Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services, the Zambia Meteorological Department, and the Tanzania Meteorology Agency, have developed three manuals for running analysis of agricultural variables within climate model data. These cover the following: o Reading in on-station observation data (for purposes of model skill testing) o Evaluating CORDEX data skill o Climate scenario analysis of agro-climatic varibales 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact These are being used to guide ongoing capacity building activities with the Met Agency partners in Zambia, Tanzania, and Malawi, which will include a training workshop in March 2020. 
 
Title Household survey 
Description The household survey has resulted from a tool owned by FANRPAN known as the Household Assets and Vulnerability Assessment. Building on this, GCRF-AFRICAP team members from FANRPAN, University of Leeds and the University of Aberdeen have contributed to the design of a new survey which aims to capture baseline data for the study to allow outcomes to be measured at programme end and beyond. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The survey is expansive as it captures information on: household demographics; agriculture land holding; crop cultivation systems; fertiliser inputs; irrigation inputs; land management techniques; livestock systems; household wellbeing and assets; household nutrition and dietary diversity; the presence of aflatoxins; and resilience to shocks. 
 
Title Seed systems survey 
Description As part of conducting research on climate resilient seed systems, a short survey was designed to collect data responses from those involved in seed system activity (e.g. gene/seed banks, crop breeders, regulators, seed companies, agrodealers, extension officers, farmers) across Africa. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact 234 responses were received which will allow a database of information on this area to be created. 
URL https://leeds.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/gcrf-africap-seed-systems-survey
 
Title Soil binding assay 
Description Allows users to determine capacity of root exudates to bind soil, form aggregates etc. 
Type Of Material Biological samples 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Publication: Akhtar J, Galloway AF, Nikolopoulos G, Field KJ, Knox JP. (2018) A quantitative method for the high throughput screening for the soil adhesion properties of plant and microbial polysaccharides and exudates. Plant and Soil 1-2: 57-65 doi: 10.1007/s11104-018-3670-1 
 
Title Household survey database 
Description In 2019, the AFRICAP household vulnerability survey was conducted in our four focal countries - Malawi (404 households), South Africa (398), Tanzania (428) and Zambia (401). In each country, households were surveyed on a range of topics including: access to land and condition of land; household farming systems including crop and livestock cultivation; household well-being, income and assets; responses to unexpected weather events; and household nutrition. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact This database is being used by a range of researchers across the AFRICAP team to produce papers on the topics covered. These publications will be used in the policy engagement and derisking activities that the team is implementing in the four focal countries. 
 
Description Accession agreement of Country Node organisations 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF)
Country Tanzania, United Republic of 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution University of Leeds staff engage directly with Country Node organisations on co-design and delivery of research and management and logistics of programme events.
Collaborator Contribution Country Node organisations lead processes regarding focal crops and locations for in-country research and identifying and recruiting relevant stakeholders.
Impact This collaboration has resulted in: - 'Submission by AFRICAP Lead Partner and Country Node to the Director General of Environmental Affairs for the South African Climate Change bill (2018)'; - 'Zambia meeting with stakeholders' - 'Press coverage of Malawi kick-off event' - 'Stakeholder workshop (Lilongwe, Malawi)' - 'Stakeholder workshop (Bloemfontein, South Africa)' - 'Stakeholder workshop (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)' - 'Stakeholder workshop (Lusaka, Zambia)' - 'High-level breakfast (Lilongwe, Malawi)' - 'Participatory scenarios workshop (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)' - 'Participatory scenarios workshop (Lusaka, Zambia)'.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Agricultural Research Council (ARC) - South Africa 
Organisation Agricultural Research Council (ARC)
Country South Africa 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Agricultural Research Council, South Africa is a premier science institution that conducts research with partners, develops human capital and fosters innovation to support and develop the agricultural sector. The AFRICAP PDRA Ecology, Ecosystem Services visited ARC's facilities in October 2019 to initiate partnership discussions. Following this visit the Co-I WP #6 (also the AFRICAP Country Coordinator for South Africa) and the AFRICAP PDRA Ecology, Ecosystem Services approved ARC as a suitable collaborating partner. The £11,162 budget is allocated from the overall WP #6 budget.
Collaborator Contribution ARC are contributing to project objective: Farming Systems (Theme A) Work Package #6 'Ecological and economic flows between commercial and smallholder agriculture in South Africa'. ARC's project activities include insect biomonitoring in a Free State agro-ecological zone, South Africa. The research objective is to establish the biodiversity of insects as impacted upon by agricultural practices and climate change.
Impact The summary Terms of Reference for ARC are as follows: • ARC-SGI to carry out this study through 4 field surveys from 2020. Each field survey will be for a period of 4-6 weeks starting as per the below given schedule: January 2020 March 2020 May 2020 July 2020 • The surveys will be carried out by 2 teams consisting of 2 Research Assistants (RAs) each. Both teams will be supervised by Dr. Astrid Jankielsohn (AJ) who will accompany the teams in the field for 5 days during each survey period. For the tasks in lab, AJ will be monitor the progress of teams throughout. • During each field survey the two teams will carry out (i) visual assays of crop growth stage, pests and diseases, (ii) installation and retrieval of pitfall and sticky traps, and (iii) sample processing and first level morpho sorting. • Between two surveys (2-3 weeks), the team will carry out (i) second level sample processing - identification or morpho species, and (ii) restocking the required equipment and consumables.
Start Year 2020
 
Description CCAFS/ILRI 
Organisation Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security
Country Netherlands 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Developing a climate risk analysis for the South African Development Community (SADC) region
Collaborator Contribution Using AFRICAP scenarios activity and other work to inform the development of scenarios work at the regional level (SADC)
Impact To date, the AFRICAP co-I acting as consultant for this collaboration has engaged with ILRI, CCAFS and other stakeholders involved in the African Climate Change for Rural Areas (ACCRA) initiative to find connections between AFRICAP results and SADC and partner needs.
Start Year 2020
 
Description CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Learning Platform 
Organisation Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network
Country South Africa 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution CGIAR is The Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers. The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) generates evidence and supports adoption of climate-smart agricultural policies, practices, and services that alleviate poverty, increase gender equity, and support sustainable landscapes. In November 2018, a cross-section of AFRICAP research scientists and social scientist hosted the first meeting of the CCAFS Learning Platform to explore scaling up climate-smart agriculture: challenges and opportunities. The event, to launch a new "learning platform" at the Priestley International Centre for Climate with CCAFS, saw experts from different disciplines and organisations coming together to discuss scaling up climate-smart agriculture and establish priorities for action.
Collaborator Contribution David Howlett, the chair of AFRICAP's Strategic Advisory Board is actively involved with CCAFS and participated as a panel member in the panel discussions at the Nov'18 event. CCAFS passed due diligence with University of Leeds in October 2018, opening up opportunity for AFRICAP to engage with new downstream partners under the CCAFS umbrella, including the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), which provides AFRICAP researchers with access to the 'Climate Smart Village', a significant CSA initiative over the last 10 years in Tanga region, Tanzania. AFRICAP is facilitated in Tanzania by the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF), which is networking and strengthening longer term links with ILRI to coordinate scaling up of CSA activities.
Impact The CCAFS Learning Platform seeks to improve the understanding of challenges and opportunities to scale up CSA. The Learning Platform is the central mechanism for cohesion at national, regional and global levels; and manages global and continental-wide partnerships and impact pathways for climate change policy. The Learning Platform will be hosted at the Priestley International Centre for Climate, University of Leeds, and priority actions are decided by an action group exploring further collaborations in: - policy engagement, e.g. a policy brief on "The missing middle - a key institutional challenge for Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) policy implementation and upscaling" - fundraising - outcome and impact assessment A number of AFRICAP research academics are part of the CCAFS Learning Platform action group. Quality Related research QR GCRF funding award September 2019, £54k, collaboration between CCAFS, UoL and FANRPAN. Title: Harnessing computational engineering expertise to develop online tools to translate state-of-the-science climate and diets information for the benefit of African users. Abstract: The GCRF AFRICAP programme is undertaking state-of-the-science diets, impacts and mitigation in Sub-Saharan Africa. This work combines quantitative data on climate risk, crop production and land use with qualitative data from trade analysis. The QR GCRF award covers the development and trialling of a user interface to allow stakeholders to interact with scenarios depicting different climate smart agriculture futures. The outcome will be a tool that policy makers will use to influence policies for developing sustainable climate smart agriculture.
Start Year 2018
 
Description CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Learning Platform 
Organisation University of Leeds
Department School of Earth and Environment
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution CGIAR is The Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers. The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) generates evidence and supports adoption of climate-smart agricultural policies, practices, and services that alleviate poverty, increase gender equity, and support sustainable landscapes. In November 2018, a cross-section of AFRICAP research scientists and social scientist hosted the first meeting of the CCAFS Learning Platform to explore scaling up climate-smart agriculture: challenges and opportunities. The event, to launch a new "learning platform" at the Priestley International Centre for Climate with CCAFS, saw experts from different disciplines and organisations coming together to discuss scaling up climate-smart agriculture and establish priorities for action.
Collaborator Contribution David Howlett, the chair of AFRICAP's Strategic Advisory Board is actively involved with CCAFS and participated as a panel member in the panel discussions at the Nov'18 event. CCAFS passed due diligence with University of Leeds in October 2018, opening up opportunity for AFRICAP to engage with new downstream partners under the CCAFS umbrella, including the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), which provides AFRICAP researchers with access to the 'Climate Smart Village', a significant CSA initiative over the last 10 years in Tanga region, Tanzania. AFRICAP is facilitated in Tanzania by the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF), which is networking and strengthening longer term links with ILRI to coordinate scaling up of CSA activities.
Impact The CCAFS Learning Platform seeks to improve the understanding of challenges and opportunities to scale up CSA. The Learning Platform is the central mechanism for cohesion at national, regional and global levels; and manages global and continental-wide partnerships and impact pathways for climate change policy. The Learning Platform will be hosted at the Priestley International Centre for Climate, University of Leeds, and priority actions are decided by an action group exploring further collaborations in: - policy engagement, e.g. a policy brief on "The missing middle - a key institutional challenge for Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) policy implementation and upscaling" - fundraising - outcome and impact assessment A number of AFRICAP research academics are part of the CCAFS Learning Platform action group. Quality Related research QR GCRF funding award September 2019, £54k, collaboration between CCAFS, UoL and FANRPAN. Title: Harnessing computational engineering expertise to develop online tools to translate state-of-the-science climate and diets information for the benefit of African users. Abstract: The GCRF AFRICAP programme is undertaking state-of-the-science diets, impacts and mitigation in Sub-Saharan Africa. This work combines quantitative data on climate risk, crop production and land use with qualitative data from trade analysis. The QR GCRF award covers the development and trialling of a user interface to allow stakeholders to interact with scenarios depicting different climate smart agriculture futures. The outcome will be a tool that policy makers will use to influence policies for developing sustainable climate smart agriculture.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration agreement signed by four UK partners and FANRPAN 
Organisation Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network
Country South Africa 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution University of Leeds leads the GCRF-AFRICAP consortium and has to date contributed the following: - Establishing programme support team (programme executive officer and programme support officer) to work with PI and researchers at all partner organisations on programme administration, management and logistics; - Theme Leads and Country Coordinators are based at Leeds and have led on the co-design and delivery of research work in Themes A and B; the organisation of kick-off meetings and participatory scenarios workshops in Theme C; and cross-programme training and capacity-building in Theme D.
Collaborator Contribution - FANRPAN hosts the project co-lead (CEO) and Regional Policy Officer (part of the programme support team). The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer works with the Leeds-based Programme Support Officer on M&E activities and research methodology experts collaborate on survey design and implementation. The Policy Advocacy & Partnerships Manager has contributed to the website design and launch; - Four colleagues at University of Aberdeen have contributed to household survey design and the Theme B modelling work; - Three colleagues at Chatham House have contributed to the scenarios work; - Three colleagues at UK Met Office have led discussions with met offices in the four focal countries on research areas of mutual interest and two have attended the participatory scenarios workshops.
Impact This is a multi-disciplinary collaboration between two universities and three other research organisations. At UoL, academics involved in the programme come from five Faculties: Biological Sciences; Education, Social Sciences and Law (ESSL); Engineering; Environment; and Maths and Physical Sciences (MAPS). At UoA, experts involved in GCRF-AFRICAP include health and nutrition researchers based in the Institute of Applied Health Sciences and plant and soil science researchers based in the Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences. At UK Met Office, researchers include climate science and international development experts. At FANRPAN, experts on policy and research methods are involved. Outputs of these collaborations specifically to date include 'Household survey' (in 'Research tools and methods'); 'Design and launch of GCRF-AFRICAP programme website' (see 'Engagement activities'); and 'Cheney Fellowship (2018)' (see 'Awards and recognition').
Start Year 2018
 
Description Cross-country Met Agency partnership 
Organisation Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services Malawi
Country Malawi 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We have contributed to a training programme on the analysis of climate and weather forecast model skill, this has involved the co-development and running of scripts to analyse historical and forecast data.
Collaborator Contribution Each of the partnering agencies have participated in the identification of key climate variables for analysis, shared input data from their meteorological station networks, and run and adapted the scripts. We have co-organised a workshop that will take place in March 2020.
Impact We have developed three manuals for: (1) Reading in on-station observation data (for purposes of model skill testing); (2) Evaluating CORDEX data skill; and (3) Climate scenario analysis. These are listed under 'Research Tools and Methods'
Start Year 2019
 
Description Cross-country Met Agency partnership 
Organisation Government of Zambia
Department Zambian Meteorological Department
Country Zambia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We have contributed to a training programme on the analysis of climate and weather forecast model skill, this has involved the co-development and running of scripts to analyse historical and forecast data.
Collaborator Contribution Each of the partnering agencies have participated in the identification of key climate variables for analysis, shared input data from their meteorological station networks, and run and adapted the scripts. We have co-organised a workshop that will take place in March 2020.
Impact We have developed three manuals for: (1) Reading in on-station observation data (for purposes of model skill testing); (2) Evaluating CORDEX data skill; and (3) Climate scenario analysis. These are listed under 'Research Tools and Methods'
Start Year 2019
 
Description Cross-country Met Agency partnership 
Organisation Tanzania Meteorology Agency
Country Tanzania, United Republic of 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We have contributed to a training programme on the analysis of climate and weather forecast model skill, this has involved the co-development and running of scripts to analyse historical and forecast data.
Collaborator Contribution Each of the partnering agencies have participated in the identification of key climate variables for analysis, shared input data from their meteorological station networks, and run and adapted the scripts. We have co-organised a workshop that will take place in March 2020.
Impact We have developed three manuals for: (1) Reading in on-station observation data (for purposes of model skill testing); (2) Evaluating CORDEX data skill; and (3) Climate scenario analysis. These are listed under 'Research Tools and Methods'
Start Year 2019
 
Description Department for Agricultural Research Services (DARS), Malawi 
Organisation Government of Malawi
Department Department of Agricultural Research Services
Country Malawi 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution GCRF-AFRICAP researchers with a focus on Malawi interact regularly with DARS staff members on the running of the trial while Country Node CISANET provides on-the-ground support.
Collaborator Contribution The Department for Agricultural Research Services has been contracted to run a three-year conservation agriculture trial at the Chitedze Research Station in Malawi. Staff members also attended and participated in the country-kick off meeting in July 2018.
Impact Field trial results.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) - Tanzania 
Organisation Sokoine University of Agriculture
Country Tanzania, United Republic of 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution During the March 2019 Scoping Visit to Tanzania, two of the three AFRICAP UoL researchers visited SUA with the Tanzania Country Coordinator to meet corresponding academic staff at SUA and commence discussion on collaborating in AFRICAP field research. The AFRICAP Soil Science PDRA visited SUA in August 2019. Following these visits the Co-I WP #3 and three AFRICAP UoL researchers approved SUA as a suitable collaborating partner. The £29,150 budget is allocated from the overall WP #3 budget.
Collaborator Contribution SUA are contributing to project objective: Farming Systems (Theme A) Work Package #3 'Assessment of models of Climate Smart Agricultural Food System (CSAFS) innovation and intervention in Tanzania'. SUA is the leading university in Tanzania contributing to the national, regional and global developmental agenda in areas of agriculture, forestry, natural resources, animal and public health, nutrition and environment. Their research policy priorities are focused on finding sustainable solutions and advancing knowledge to address national, African regional and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) related to food security and agriculture, forestry, natural resource management, animal and public health, agribusiness, market and entrepreneurship, education and information technology. SUA are keen to develop strong collaborative research linkages with the UoLeeds in the fields of food, agriculture, climate change and sustainability.
Impact Three researchers from University of Leeds (UoL) have developed their AFRICAP research plans in collaboration with academic personnel at the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), as follows. 1. (AFRICAP Co-I, Lecturer in Animal Production Science, School of Biology): An assessment of climate-smart smallholder dairy production in the Tanga Region of Tanzania. Summary terms of reference: • To manage and ensure the proficient analysis of the livestock samples, namely forage, maize bran and milk samples. • To provide the results of these analyses in a timely manner. • To offer advice on the livestock work. 2. (AFRICAP PDRA Ecology, Ecosystem Services): Climate Smart Agriculture in East Usambara Mountains: Implications for crop pests and diseases, and trade-offs with biodiversity. Summary terms of reference: • Lab work support: to characterise colonization density of fungal and nematode communities and preservation and curation of insect specimens. • Selection of two Graduate-level Research Assistants for field sampling of pest and biocontrol species and root mycorrhiza in 80 farms in Tanzania (August and November 2019, January, March, May, and July 2020). • Logistical support: The two Research Assistants (RAs) will support in carrying out the following tasks: Establish sampling station in 80 fields in East Usambara (August 2019); collect the ecological data at sampling station in fields to analyse pest and biocontrol species and root samples; carry out farm structure and pest perception surveys; and collect information about farming practices. 3. (AFRICAP Soil Science PDRA): Climate-Smart Agriculture and Soil Health in Tanzanian Mountain Systems: Empirical Evidence and Farmers' Perceptions. Summary terms of reference: • A student from SUA will be trained to replicate the soil work in other upland sites in Tanzania. • The soil samples collected by the student will be analysed at the Soil laboratory in Sokoine University for pH, organic carbon, total nitrogen, available phosphorus and nitrogen, exchangeable cations, texture, bulk density and aggregate stability.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) - Mlingano - Tanzania 
Organisation Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute
Department TARI-Mlingano
Country Tanzania, United Republic of 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution In March 2019, a team of 9 UoLeeds academics from a range of disciplines conducted a scoping visit to Tanzania to focus on partnership development, capacity building of attendees and research co-design achieved through field visits and research co-design workshops. The AFRICAP Co-I leading Work Package (WP) #2 (also Executive Dean of Faculty of Environment and Professor of Environmental Sustainability - including soil science) visited TARI Mlingano to explore and initiate partnership for soils research. Following this visit the Co-I WP #2 and AFRICAP Soil Science PDRA approved TARI Mlingano as a suitable collaborating partner. The £4.5k budget is allocated from the overall WP #2 budget.
Collaborator Contribution TARI Mlingano are contributing to project objective: Farming Systems (Theme A) Work Package #2 'Evaluating Conservation Agriculture in Malawi and Tanzania', which is a study of conservation agriculture practices and their impacts on key soil characteristics that determine maize production in Malawi and Tanzania. TARI Mlingano are supporting field research in Tanzania by the AFRICAP Soil Science PDRA and the summary Terms of Reference (ToR) are as follows: The Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) was established by the Parliamentary Act No. 10 of 2016 to enhance the strengthening of agricultural research system in Tanzania. TARI as a semi-autonomous body under the Ministry of Agriculture is responsible for all agricultural research activities conducted by the National Agricultural Research System (NARS) in the country. TARI Mlingano is one of TARI's 8 Centres and 10 sub-centres located in different agro-ecological zones.
Impact • A research assistant (RA) with basic knowledge of soil science will be selected from TARI Mlingano. The RA will help with soil sampling and interpretations during soil interviews and discussions with farmers. • Soil samples collected from Farmer Field School (FFS) plots will be analysed for pH, organic carbon, total nitrogen, available phosphorus and nitrogen, exchangeable cations, texture, bulk density and aggregate stability at TARI Mlingano Soil laboratory.
Start Year 2019
 
Description The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) - Tanzania 
Organisation Nelson Mandela African Institute for Science and Technology
Country Tanzania, United Republic of 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The AFRICAP Co-I of work package #4 (also Professor, School of Food Science and Nutrition) has approved NM-AIST as a suitable collaborating partner, through building on existing academic research relationship with NM-AIST from a previous HEFCE funded project in 2018 entitled 'Assessment of aflatoxin exposure in infants and children of Tanzania'. The £6,555 budget is allocated from the overall WP #4 budget.
Collaborator Contribution Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology NM-AIST are contributing to project objective: Farming Systems (Theme A) Work Package #1 'Household Survey' and work package #4 'Evaluation of the ecological, environmental and agronomical determinants of aflatoxin contamination and nutrient content of Maize in Tanzania and Malawi'. NM-AIST are carrying out the second household survey in Tanga region, Tanzania. The research objective is to understand the seasonal and annual variation of aflatoxin/nutrition and diet in the selected locations in Tanzania. This mini household survey will be done as part of Work package (WP) A.1. GCRF-AFRICAP carried out its first big household survey in July 2019 in Tanga region, Tanzania. This second survey plans to cover 100 households from the districts of Muheza-Tongwe, Korogwe-Kerenge and Lushoto-Kwemakame. NM-AIST has worked on food safety projects focusing on mycotoxins specifically aflatoxins and fumonisins. NM-AIST has experience in conducting surveys, including major surveys in Singida region under the Singida Nutrition and Agroecology Project (SNAP) over the past 4years. NM-AIST is also involved in the Mycotoxin Mitigation Trial (MMT) project, currently going on in Dodoma, Tanzania.
Impact A summary of the Terms of Reference is as follows: 1) NM-AIST to carry out preparation activities: (i) tools preparation for survey and sample collection (Dr Haikael Martin and Dr Neema Kassim), (ii) training of 3 Research Assistants (RAs) on how to carry out the Food Frequency Questionnaire (Dr Haikael Martin), and (iii) training of 3 RAs on sample collection for mycotoxin analysis (Dr Neema Kassim). 2) NM-AIST to carry out a survey of 100 households using a Food Frequency Questionnaire to assess the dietary intake of maize based foods. The households will be selected in conjunction with the University of Leeds (UoL) from households surveyed in the first survey in July 2019 in the districts of Muheza-Tongwe (33 households), Korogwe-Kerenge (33 households) and Lushoto-Kwemakame (34 households), Tanga region, Tanzania. 3) NM-AIST to collect the following samples from the same households: 1. between 100 - 120 maize samples 2. 50 milk samples 3. 50 maize bran samples 4. 50 leaf samples 4) The surveys will be carried out by a team of 3 Research Assistants (RAs) supervised by Dr. Haikael D. Martin who will accompany the team in the field for the 2 weeks duration of the survey.
Start Year 2020
 
Description University of Zambia (UNZA) - Zambia 
Organisation University of Zambia
Country Zambia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution AFRICAP's country node organisation in Zambia, the Agricultural Consultative Forum (ACF) has responsibility for coordinating the Household Survey data, with guidance from the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN, AFRICAP's lead overseas partner based in Pretoria). ACF and FANRPAN agreed and approved to engage through existing connections with UNZA to carry out the household survey. In addition the aim of this partnership is to strengthen scientific expertise and knowledge of local researchers (including young scientists) through institutionalization of the AFRICAP data collection tool or parts thereof. The AFRICAP Country Coordinator for Zambia (also the AFRICAP Co-I of work package #9 and AFRICAP Theme A Lead) endorsed ACF's approval of UNZA as a suitable collaborating partner. The £14,145 budget is allocated from the AFRICAP overseas budget, namely 'Work Package A.2. Cross Disciplinary Research capacity building', which is coordinated by FANRPAN.
Collaborator Contribution UNZA are contributing to project objective: Farming Systems (Theme A) Work Package #9 'Household Survey'. The Household Survey data is used for research purposes across multiple academic disciplines.
Impact UNZA's Terms of Reference covered collection of the Household Survey data in Zambia as follows: • Engage two Field data collection supervisors and ten enumerators who will collect the project field data as prescribed in the in the Data Collection Tool. • Organise seminars to publicise the project research process. • Coordinate with other related departments like nutrition, environment, gender (i.e., social science) that might be interested in the research processes. • Train the engaged supervisors and supervise the pre-testing of the tool in local context. • During the field data collection, ensure that enumerators are sufficiently resourced to perform their task (e.g., accommodation, transports, data collection tool allocated). • Appoint agreed upon post-graduate students who have completed their course work to utilise some data from the project. • Provide technical and academic support in data analysis • Help contextualize the knowledge generated and develop appropriate policy recommendations. • Organise seminars to communicate and disseminate research study results.
Start Year 2019
 
Title Extreme Value Analysis 
Description R code to perform extreme value analysis on weather station observations, incorporating the effect of regionally important modes of natural climate variability such as the Indian Ocean Dipole 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact This code is currently being tested by partners at the Tanzania Meteorology Agency, the Zambia Meteorology Department and the Malawi Department for Climate Change and Meteorological Services 
 
Title Processing weather station observations 
Description R code to read in and process weather station observations, calculating wet season characteristics 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact This code is currently being tested by partners at the Tanzania Meteorology Agency, the Zambia Meteorology Department and the Malawi Department for Climate Change and Meteorological Services. 
 
Title Unprecedented Simulated Extremes Using Ensembles (UNSEEN) 
Description Python code for analysis decadal climate model simulations to explore the characteristics of unprecedented temperature extremes in sub-Saharan Africa. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact This is the first time the UNSEEN method has been applied to Africa. 
 
Description AFRICAP blog post 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Blog post describing my involvement with the participatory scenario workshops in the four AFRICAP focal countries of Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description AFRICAP blog post 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog post describing planned research in Tanzania
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://africap.info/add-salt-to-the-soil-is-there-a-need-for-language-innovation-in-climate-smart-a...
 
Description AFRICAP blog post - AFRICAP in Malawi: Scoping research and strengthening partnerships 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A representative of our Malawian country node organisation, Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET) and a Leeds-based GCRF-AFRICAP postdoctoral research associate authored a blogpost on a research scoping trip they conducted in Malawi in January 2019. TThe post aimed to describe and communicate this work to a non-expert audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://africap.info/africap-in-malawi-scoping-research-and-strengthening-partnerships/
 
Description AFRICAP blog post - Experiences of the 2015-16 El Niño 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact One of the GCRF-AFRICAP co-Investigators authored a blogpost on the relevance of results from another research programme on lessons learned in long-term resilience from the 2015-16 El Niño and how these findings relate to the four focal countries in GCRF-AFRICAP.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://africap.info/experiences-of-the-2015-16-el-nino-from-across-the-tropics-highlight-the-import...
 
Description AFRICAP blog post - Interview with a climate scientist 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact One of the GCRF-AFRICAP postdoctoral research associates authored an introductory blogpost on climate modelling. This resulted from another engagement activity reported here (knowledge-sharing seminar, 30 January 2019) in which GCRF-AFRICAP climate modelling work was presented. The post aimed to describe and communicate this work to a non-expert audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://africap.info/climate-modelling-101/
 
Description ARICAP Tanzania information booklets 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Information booklet detailing the planned and ongoing research work in Tanzania
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Aflatoxin Workshop: Assessing health burdens from aflatoxin exposure in African food systems 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Aflatoxins have been recognized as significant contaminants and the control strategies have mostly eliminated their harmful exposures in developed countries. However, in developing countries, about 5 billion people are at risk of chronic exposure to aflatoxins through contaminated foods. The understanding of aflatoxin exposure, biological plausibility of health effects and exposure reduction remedies was required in context to the associated question of food insufficiency and economic challenges in developing countries.
In response to the emerging issue of childhood stunting through suspected dietary aflatoxin exposure, a workshop of 25 food science, nutrition and health experts and food safety officials/managers was organized at the School of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Leeds. The HEFCE GCRF Aflatoxin Workshop brought together a diverse group to discuss aflatoxin exposure and risk assessments in sub-Saharan African countries, the related health effects, the influence of climate change and to foresee the future possibilities of developing an integrated research plan aimed to reduce and prevent aflatoxin exposure. It collected advanced knowledge about the intensity of aflatoxin exposure and possibly linked burden of childhood stunting and suggested the development of effective, culturally appropriate strategies to address it effectively within developing countries, where aflatoxin exposure is intertwined with issues of food insecurity, insufficiency or malnutrition. The workshop emphasized the collaboration at local, regional, national, and international level in order to effectively combine food safety research, public health and agricultural approaches to control the aflatoxin exposure and associated morbidity and mortality. Further, it provided much needed evidence for governments and policy decision makers to take effective management action for reducing poverty and improving child nutrition.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://physicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/events/event/557/assessing_health_burdens_from_aflatoxin_exposu...
 
Description Article by PhD researcher on gender in agriculture interventions 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact AFRICAP-aligned PhD researcher wrote an article for online journal 'The Ecologist' on her work looking at how reductive portrayals of women as the primary victims of climate change overlook complex drivers of vulnerability for both women and men in agriculture interventions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://theecologist.org/2019/may/13/women-international-development
 
Description Attendance at the 23rd Southern African Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-23) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact AFRICAP partner - the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) - attended the 23rd Southern African Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-23) - and presented results produced by the modelling work conducted under GCRF-AFRICAP and how they can feed into regional climate discussions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BBC World Service - Science in Action, 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 22nd November 2019, Discussed findings and significance of Thirkell et al., 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csym2q
 
Description Blog: CSA innovation transitions and livelihood outcomes - updates from the field 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact AFRICAP research fellow for climate-smart agriculture, Dr Harriet Smith, contributed a blog to the website summarising her recent field trip to Tanzania. The trip centred around examining the climate-smart agriculture innovation and the associated livelihoods outcomes of farmers in the Usambara Mountains linked to two ongoing CSA programmes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://africap.info/csa-innovation-transitions-and-livelihood-outcomes-updates-from-the-field/
 
Description CARE-FANRPAN joint press release 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Following attendance at the Southern African Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-23), AFRICAP partner - the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) released a joint press release with Care International entitled 'SADC member states need to invest in disaster risk management during the coming season of recovery'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.fanrpan.org/publication/care-fanrpan-press-release-1
 
Description CCAFS Learning Platform launch presentation by Andy Challinor 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The launch of an international learning platform for a major research programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) being hosted by the Priestley Centre at the University of Leeds.

The cross cutting learning platform on Partnerships and Capacity for Scaling Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) is the central mechanism to bring cohesion between efforts at national, regional and global levels. It will also manage partnerships and impact pathways for climate change policy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description COMESA Summit 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The FANRPAN CEO and AFRICAP Co-PI participated in the twentieth Summit of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) in Lusaka, Zambia on 18-19 July 2018. The summit theme was 'Towards Digital Economic Integration'. The Co-PI had an opportunity to meet with the Incoming COMESA Secretary General to brief her on FANRPAN activities including the AFRICAP project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.comesa.int/summit2018/
 
Description Chancellor College, University of Malawi, Zomba 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In January 2019, several members of the GCRF-AFRICAP research team travelled to Malawi to scope opportunities for research and engage with local stakeholder, In Zomba, the team met with nutrition experts at Chancellor College to discuss ongoing research and potential collaboration opportunities with the University of Leeds including possible capacity-building and training in chemical analysis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Climate Impacts UK workshop presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Academics and non-academics from across the UK attended this workshop. Presentations were given on the DIM modelling in AFRICAP, as well as a more generic presentation on AFRICAP research to date.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Climate Smart Agriculture Summit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact FANRPAN participated at the Africa Climate Smart Agriculture summit that took place from 15 -16 May 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. The summit was held under the theme " Partnerships, Innovations & Financing for Climate Smart Agriculture". The SDGs were a point of departure for the summit discussions. The objective was to provide an opportunity for cross-sector networking and knowledge exchange that is competent and neutral, technical and commercial by bringing together all stakeholders, including regional governments and policy makers, private sector and research organisations, UN agencies and civil society. Key Messages from the summit relevant to AFRICAP included:
- Climate change is already having an impact on agriculture and food security as a result of increased prevalence of extreme events and increased unpredictability of weather patterns
- CSA is an approach to developing the technical, policy and investment conditions to achieve sustainable agricultural development for food security under climate change
- Prior to policy formulation and implementation, there is need to evaluate the existing strategies to increase agriculture crop yields
- Agricultural policies that are formulated should ensure that Africa is working towards sustainable climate resilience Strengthening and expanding institutions to improve the distribution of information can assist in the improvement of upscaling CSA in Africa.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://csa-africa.aidforum.org/
 
Description Climate-Smart Change? Lessons from working with governments, NGOs and farmers on scaling up productive, resilient and low-emission agriculture in Africa under CCAFS (ICRAF) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Our fifth knowledge-sharing seminar took place on 17 June 2019 and was led by Dr Todd Rosenstock, Dr Christine Lamanna and Dr Pete Steward of World Agroforestry (ICRAF). The team showcased experiences of conducting and disseminating climate-smart agricultural research in Africa and also presented their climate-smart agriculture compendium - a meta-dataset compiled to explore questions around the 'climate-smartness' of agricultural technologies. There were 31 participants in our live audience at the University of Leeds and 64 webinar attendees from 24 countries, including 13 African countries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://africap.info/climate-smart-change-lessons-from-working-with-governments-ngos-and-farmers-on-...
 
Description Collaborative Research Planning / Future Funding Workshop between ICRAF & Leeds AFRICAP researchers 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact During a two day pump-priming visit to spur collaborations between the University of Leeds and ICRAF's Thematic Research Area Land Health Decisions (LHD), a workshop was held to explore opportunities to integrate their climate-smart agriculture compendium into the AFRICAP project and its national impact plans; to determine opportunities for collaborative publications; and to develop ideas and networks for future funding calls. There were 19 attendees including the ICRAF team and researchers from various career stages at the University of Leeds.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Country Node capacity-building workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In May 2019, seven representatives of our in-country partners in Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia visited the University of Leeds for a three-day workshop which looked at policy priorities; monitoring and evaluation; and the development of AFRICAP's special agricultural zone work. Researchers at various career stages at the University of Leeds also participated, allowing us plans to be made on this work going forward. As part of the feedback requested, all attendees rated the workshop as either 'excellent' or 'very good' and 88% reported that the knowledge and information gained from participation definitely or mostly met their expectations while 94% reported that the knowledge and information gained definitely or mostly will be applicable in their work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Davos 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact GCRF-AFRICAP scenarios work was within the Food Dialogue, chaired by David Nabarro at Davos 2018 (for EAT/World Economic Forum/World Business Council for Sustainable
Development). Presenting at the event, AFRICAP Principal Investigator, Professor Tim Benton emphasized that enhanced foresight is critical for all decisions regarding food systems transformations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Design and launch of GCRF-AFRICAP programme website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact A dedicated programme website has been designed to ensure reach beyond the organisations involved. Content has been provided from across the GCRF-AFRICAP team to ensure website users gain clarity on programme research activities by Theme and Country. All programme-related events are posted on the website which has led to at least one request from a senior government official to attend the Tanzanian kick-off and scenarios participatory workshop in September 2018. The website also includes a blog where content will be posted to further engage audiences; a space where programme-related publications can be downloaded; and links to the dedicated programme Twitter account (see separate engagement activity).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://africap.info
 
Description Engagement with Ministry of Agriculture, Tanzania 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The GCRF-AFRICAP Country Coordinator for Tanzania met with the Head of the Environmental Management Unit at the Ministry of Agriculture in May and June 2018. The discussions included a briefing on the programme aims and objectives and potential areas for involvement from the Ministry. Later, in September 2018,the then Minister of Agriculture attended the programme kick-off and participatory scenarios workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description FANRPAN Annual Regional Policy Dialogue 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact FANRPAN's regional policy dialogue was held in Kigali, Rwanda on 'Enhancing climate resilience and food & nutrition security' and AFRICAP colleagues presented a panel on programme experiences to date. Prior to the dialogue, a meeting was held for AFRICAP partners only to align thinking and plans for the coming year and to review the previous year. A team member from Chatham House participated in this meeting and discussed with partners their requirements from the AFRICAP modelling outputs. This allowed country partner representatives to voice their needs and expectiations from the modelling work and connect it to the results of the scenarios workshops conducted in 2018.
The same Chatham House team member gave the keynote presentation on 'Supporting Climate Change Adaptation Decisions Through Scenario Planning' - to inform practitioners and policymakers about AFRICAP's experience with scenario exercises and how it might be relevant for their planning processes while the ensuing panel including country partner representatives who shared their own experiences of scenarios planning and use of the outputs from this. The event received endorsement from the Permanent Secretary of Agriculture for Zimbabwe who said that scenario planning should be the way that all governments develop their strategies and policies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.fanrpan.org/2019-fanrpan-annual-policy-dialogue-resolutions
 
Description FANRPAN and NAMC meeting with the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact FANRPAN's CEO and AFRICAP Co-PI together with FANRPAN South Africa Node Institution NAMC briefed the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) on the programme. The Minister welcomed the programme and highlighted a number of areas in which the project could support the Government of South Africa's agriculture development efforts in the face of a changing climate. He particularly welcomed the participatory scenario building work which will be conducted to describe the potential future status of agri-food systems based on best knowledge of their contemporary state and plausible trajectories of change at a regional scale. The Minister also highlighted the technical support the ministry will need in addressing the land policy issues so that imbalances in ownership and access are corrected in a manner that does not disrupt growth of the sector and the economy as a whole. There is an opportunity for the project through the participatory scenario building work to provide evidence and advice on land policy that will address historical inequities in a manner that protects and advances agricultural sector performance, food security, economic growth and job creation in the country.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description FANRPAN at African Green Revolution Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact FANRPAN's CEO and Board Chair attended the African Green Revolution Forum and raised awareness among attendees of the work being conducted under AFRICAP.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description FANRPAN media engagement workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact FANRPAN in collaboration with communication specialists and AFRICAP researchers, ran workshops in each focal country for a total of 75 media professionals to build capacity in reporting on agriculture and climate change. The feedback from participants was positive as it increased their awareness of both GCRF-AFRICAP as a programme and issues relating to climate-smart agriculture more broadly. In Zambia, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change focal point attended the workshop to discuss priorities with journalists.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description FANRPAN side event at UN Climate Change Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact FANRPAN participated in COP 25 in Madrid, Spain in December 2019, were they convened two events, (i) An Action Hub focused on 'Fostering investment in climate-smart agriculture through innovative engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa' convened in partnership with David Howlett from the Global Resilience Partnership and AFRICAP Strategic Advisory Board Chair; (ii) A European Union Pavilion side event on 'Stepping Up Engagement Efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa to Catalyse Investments in Climate Action', focused on the need to mobilize financing to promote scaling up of proven CSA technologies and practices to ensure the resilience of Africa's smallholder farmers against climate change. The side event was convened in partnership with the SADC Secretariat, the Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA), the SADC/Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Adaptation to Climate Change in Rural Areas in Southern Africa (ACCRA) programme (implemented on behalf of German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation, BMZ), the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), CARE International, the Initiative for the Adaptation of African Agriculture (AAA) and the World Bank.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Foresight4Food Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact GCRF-AFRICAP scenarios work was presented at Foresight4Food (Montpellier, May 2018). Presenting at the event, AFRICAP Principal Investigator, Professor Tim Benton emphasized that enhanced foresight is critical for all decisions regarding food systems transformations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description GCRF-AFRICAP Knowledge-Sharing Seminar and Webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Our knowledge-sharing seminar and webinar on 30 January 2019 attracted 30 live participants at the University of Leeds and 62 webinar attendees from 22 countries. Three of our postdoctoral research associates presented on their methodological approaches. This sparked questions from attendees that included representatives from government, NGOs and the private sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://africap.info/inaugural-gcrf-africap-knowledge-sharing-seminar-a-success/
 
Description GCRF-AFRICAP Knowledge-Sharing Seminar and Webinar - The Role of Agriculture in Economic Transformation (Dr Andrew Coulson) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The second in our knowledge-sharing seminar series took place on 27 February 2019. There were 40 participants in our live audience at the University of Leeds and 30 webinar attendees from 13 countries, including nine African countries. Dr Andrew Coulson, honorary senior research fellow at the University of Birmingham presented on the Role of Agriculture in Economic Transformation and spoke to his new recently published book 'Increasing Production from the Land: A Sourcebook on Agriculture for Teachers and Students in East Africa' (co-authored by Antony Ellman and Emmanuel Mbiha).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description GCRF-AFRICAP Knowledge-Sharing Seminar and Webinar: Creating resilient agri-food systems in sub-Saharan Africa (Kambwiri & Chomba) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A seminar featuring the two AFRICAP team members who completed fellowships at Chatham House took place on 11 December. As the first seminar to take place fully outside of the University of Leeds, this was an excellent opportunity to showcase the results of this new fellowship initiative to both Chatham House colleagues and 20 webinar participants from the UK and sub-Saharan Africa.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://africap.info/africap-chatham-house-fellows-round-off-the-2019-seminar-series/
 
Description GCRF-AFRICAP Knowledge-Sharing Seminar and Webinar: Driving transformational change in agri-food systems, a multi-stakeholder approach (Mwamakamba) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Our fourth knowledge-sharing seminar took place on 29 May 2019 and was led by Ms Sithembile Mwamakamba, GCRF-AFRICAP co-project manager and programme manager for climate-smart agriculture at lead African partner FANRPAN. Sithembile presented on the pressing global challenge of whether agriculture can meet unprecedented demand for food while ensuring sustainable use of natural resources, containing greenhouse gas emissions, and mitigating the impacts of climate change. There were 27 participants in our live audience at the University of Leeds and 16 webinar attendees from 8 countries, including 5 African countries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://africap.info/driving-transformational-change-in-agri-food-systems-a-multi-stakeholder-approa...
 
Description GCRF-AFRICAP Knowledge-Sharing Seminar and Webinar: Findings of the IPCC SRCCL as they apply to Africa (Smith) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This knowledge-sharing seminar, in collaboration with the University of Leeds Global Food and Environment Institute (GFEI), was led by Professor Pete Smith (AFRICAP co-investigator at the University of Aberdeen). The seminar focused on the recently-completed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Climate Change and Land as it pertains to Africa. We were delighted to have 49 participants in the room at the University of Leeds and 63 online attendees from 19 countries, 13 of which in sub-Saharan Africa.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://africap.info/africap-launches-2020-seminar-series/
 
Description GCRF-AFRICAP Knowledge-Sharing Seminar and Webinar: Researching climate-smart agriculture in Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Our first knowledge-sharing seminar of the 2019/2020 season took place on 25 September 2019 and was led by three doctoral researchers based at the University of Leeds whose work aligns with the AFRICAP programme.

- Ndashe Kapulu (School of Food Science and Nutrition) presented on 'Emerging soybean markets in Zambia: What are the implications for rural households?'
In the last decade, soybean production in Zambia has increased eight-thousand fold owing to increased demand from livestock and human food value chains, including improved government policy support and market expansions. In this presentation, Ndashe shared insights on implications such growth could have on rural households from his research under the GCRF-AFRICAP project, drawing on his previous experiences working among soybean farmers in Zambia.

- Emmanuel Likoya (Sustainability Research Institute) presented on 'Drought processes in current and future climate and implications for irrigation and resilient food production systems in Malawi'
This research looks at the future risk of drought and feasibility of irrigation-focused food production systems. Emmanuel presented a process-based evaluation of the risk of drought from meteorological, agricultural and hydrological perspectives and an evaluation of how improved understanding of how such processes could add value to decision (policy) making in and around irrigation farming and food system resilience in the context of climate change.

- Ruth Smith (Sustainability Research Institute) presented on 'Exploring Gendered Influences in the Adoption of 'Climate Smart Agriculture' Practices in Tanzania'
Characterising gender within Tanzanian CSA policy and programming from national to local level: perspectives, framings, and (in)action. This talk presented preliminary findings from a desk-based policy review of gendered narratives within Tanzania's agricultural and climate policies.

There were 19 participants in our live audience at the University of Leeds and 24 webinar attendees from 12 countries, including 8 sub-Saharan African countries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://africap.info/seminar-csa-tz-zm-mw/
 
Description GCRF-AFRICAP Knowledge-Sharing Seminar and Webinar: What is the role of information in climate change adaptation in rural Africa? (Paterson/Narayanaswamy) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Chris Paterson (Media and Communications, University of Leeds) and Dr Lata Narayanaswamy (POLIS, University of Leeds) led this seminar, hosted jointly with fellow GCRF programme African SWIFT and the Leeds University Centre for African Studies. Focusing on work funded by the university's quality-related Global Challenges Research Fund allocation, Drs Paterson and Narayanaswamy presented research conducted by a wider team in Kenya and the UK with two key objectives:
to explore how to provide nuanced understandings of how the local information ecosystem in rural Kenyan communities operates
to understand its effects on women's ability to combine indigenous and externally-sourced knowledge in climate change adaptation
Using a multi-site quasi-ethnographic approach, the research was conducted in two rural communities in Kenya - Makueni and Kisumu - and used interview and observation techniques to understand how and why women are able to access as well as influence knowledge processes and information dissemination related to climate change adaptation. The research revealed that a range of communications channels are used with a preference for radio and mobile phones, though the information - particularly on weather and alternative seed varieties - it not always accessible in a timely manner. In addition, while many women are knowledgeable on climate change adaptation, their agency is limited by their wide-ranging community roles that go beyond agriculture. Suggestions emerging from the project to address these challenges include more informational and material resources to facilitate climate change adaptation and a 'listening infrastructure' to allow grassroots communities to feed up to decision- and policy-makers on their needs and experiences. The research team will be conducting a follow-up study during 2020 to include both Kenya and Ghana. As well as 15 staff and students at the University of Leeds, we were joined by 21 remote participants from a range of countries, including Kenya, Nigeria and Niger.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://africap.info/february-seminar-what-is-the-role-of-information-in-climate-change-adaptation-i...
 
Description GCRF-AFRICAP Knowledge-Sharing Webinar: Climate Resilient Agriculture Success Stories - Making a Case for Scale Up (Thierfelder) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact FANRPAN ran a webinar in the lead-up to COP25 in collaboration with the (GIZ) GmbH, SADC Programme on Adaptation to Climate Change in Rural Areas in Southern Africa (ACCRA), the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) and the Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development in Southern Africa (CCARDESA). The webinar was an opportunity to reflect on success stories in climate-resilient agriculture including a maize value chain development project that seeks to out-scale climate-smart technologies to smallholder farmers in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe and the NEPAD Program on Agriculture and Climate Change Vision 25 x 25. The webinar was very well-attended with 53 participants from 25 countries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://africap.info/climate-resilient-agriculture-success-stories-making-a-case-for-scale-up-webina...
 
Description GCRF-AFRICAP Knowledge-sharing Seminar and Webinar: Adaptation Strategies to Flooding in Low Income Urban Settings 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A knowledge-sharing seminar and webinar run jointly with the University of Leeds Centre for African Studies was held featuring Dr Pedi Obani, Research Fellow in the United Nations University - Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) on 'Individual adaptation strategies to flooding in a low income urban setting in Nigeria'. There were 12 attendees in the room and 13 attendees online from various countries including Nigeria, South Africa and Mali.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://africap.info/gcrf-africap-lucas-knowledge-sharing-seminar-dr-pedi-obani/
 
Description GCRF-AFRICAP blogpost: Extreme Rainfall and Flooding in the East Usambaras - Challenges and Solutions 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A blogpost summarising work from a range of disciplines (social science, climate science, food science, agro-ecology and soil science) taking place in the East Usambaras region of Tanzania was published on the GCRF-AFRICAP website in response to extreme rainfall and flooding in the region in October 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://africap.info/extreme-rainfall-and-flooding-in-the-east-usambaras-challenges-and-solutions/
 
Description High-level breakfast (Lilongwe, Malawi) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The purpose of the meeting was to bring together high level government officials from relevant Ministries and brief them about the GCRF-AFRICAP Project. The High Level Government Officials were expected to give their input on how the project would support government initiatives related to the scope of the project. The meeting was attended by 18 representatives from government line ministries and departments including the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Environment, Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA), Industry, Trade and Tourism (MoITT), Department of Land Resources Conservation (DLRC), Ministry of Health Department of Nutrition, HIV and AIDS (DNHA) and Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Household survey blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Lead partner Food Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) authored a blogpost on the AFRICAP household survey launched across our four focal countries in April 2019. The post post aimed to describe the process involved and communicate this work to a non-expert audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://africap.info/gcrf-africap-household-surveys-underway/
 
Description ILRI / Selian meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The GCRF-AFRICAP Country Coordinator for Tanzania met with a representative of the International Livestock Research Institute and the Tanzania Agriculture Research Institute - Selian in August 2018 and January 2019. The discussions included a briefing on the programme aims and objectives and potential areas for collaboration including ILRI becoming a formal partner. Arrangements for the latter are at an advanced stage and we expect to complete this process in April 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
 
Description Innovation Bridge/Science Forum South Africa 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation and panel debate on interdisciplinary approaches to research on the Sustainable Development Goals. The panel event was broadcast live on South African television.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.innovationbridge.info/ibportal/?q=innovation-bridge-event/programme
 
Description Interview for BBC Business Daily 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact AFRICAP PI Tim Benton was interviewed as part of a BBC Business Daily feature entitled 'The next agricultural revolution' following the publication of his article with Rob Bailey on 'The paradox of productivity: agricultural productivity promotes food system inefficiency'. In it, he emphasised the effects of overproduction of grains and underproduction of fruit and vegetables on rising obesity and climate change. Results from the AFRICAP scenarios workshops held in September and November 2018 fed into the publication of this paper.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w3csy7js
 
Description Keynote address at CISANET Strategy Launch 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact AFRICAP partner Civil Society Agriculture Network (CisaNet) launched a new agriculture strategic plan to help farmers access markets, livestock development and nutrition friendly and resilient agriculture sector. The event was funded by the AFRICAP programme and the AFRICAP Country Coordinator was invited to give the keynote address entitled "How Research & Civil Society Partnerships can support Agriculture & Food System Resilience Building" which included presenting on the AFRICAP project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Launch of dedicated GCRF-AFRICAP Twitter account 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A Twitter account was created in August 2018 to provide information on the programme and create an online network beyond the researchers and organisations involved. Tweets about GCRF-AFRICAP publications, events and job vacancies have been liked and retweeted by researchers and research organisations in sub-Saharan Africa and the UK; private sector organisations active in agriculture; and accounts associated with news outlets. There has also been engagement with accounts associated with other GCRF-funded programmes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://twitter.com/gcrfafricap
 
Description Meeting with the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact AFRICAP team members at the University of Leeds met with Estherine Fotabong, Head of the Programme Implementation and Coordination Directorate at AUDA-NEPAD's Planning and Coordinating Agency to present the programme. AUDA-NEPAD has a Memorandum of Understanding with the N8 Research Partnership, a collaboration of the eight most research-intensive universities in the North of England: Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description National Impacts Meeting presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation at the first UK climate change impacts meeting. Sparked further conversations about data and methods for the project specifically.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Participatory scenarios workshop (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Participatory Scenarios Workshop on 2o September brought together stakeholders to discuss the drivers shaping the future of agri-food systems in Tanzania, and to decide on sets of plausible alternative futures. These narrative futures set the backdrop to modelling development pathways to maximise the positives and minimise the negatives to ensure "the Africa we Want" of the African Union's Agenda 2063. Participants included national and regional government officials and policy stakeholders, research academics and civil society representatives; plus across-theme and across-country members of Team AFRICAP. Among the guests of honour were Tanzania's Minister of Agriculture. We discussed and developed four standard agri-food scenarios split by two key drivers. These drivers are factors that will shape the future of agri-food systems, but whose development is uncertain. The two critical uncertainties in Tanzania were climate risks and how they would play out and market access and technology innovation and adoption (weak versus strong). Narrative scenarios and a report are being drafted, and will be sent to stakeholders (including those not present) for input.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.esrftz.org/newsdetail.php?id=242
 
Description Participatory scenarios workshop (Lilongwe, Malawi) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Participatory Scenarios Workshop on 15 November brought together stakeholders to discuss the drivers shaping the future of agri-food systems in Malawi, and to decide on sets of plausible alternative futures. These narrative futures set the backdrop to modelling development pathways to maximise the positives and minimise the negatives to ensure "the Africa we Want" of the African Union's Agenda 2063. Participants included national and regional government officials and policy stakeholders, research academics and civil society representatives; plus across-theme and across-country members of Team AFRICAP. Among the guests of honour were Malawi's Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development. We discussed and developed four standard agri-food scenarios split by two key drivers. These drivers are factors that will shape the future of agri-food systems, but whose development is uncertain. The two critical uncertainties in Malawi were climate risks and how they would play out and effective policy aligned to deliver food systems outcomes (versus poorly aligned, silo-ed, policy). Narrative scenarios and a report are being drafted, and will be sent to stakeholders (including those not present) for input.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://africap.info/malawi-convenes-scenarios-workshop/
 
Description Participatory scenarios workshop (Lusaka, Zambia) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Participatory Scenarios Workshop on 27 September brought together stakeholders to discuss the drivers shaping the future of agri-food systems in Zambia, and to decide on sets of plausible alternative futures. These narrative futures set the backdrop to modelling development pathways to maximise the positives and minimise the negatives to ensure "the Africa we Want" of the African Union's Agenda 2063. Participants included national and regional government officials and policy stakeholders, research academics and civil society representatives; plus across-theme and across-country members of Team AFRICAP. Among the guests of honour were Zambia's Permanent Secretary of Agriculture.

We discussed and developed four standard agri-food scenarios split by two key drivers. These drivers are factors that will shape the future of agri-food systems, but whose development is uncertain. The two critical uncertainties in Zambia were climate risks and how they would play out and market access and functioning local to global.

Narrative scenarios and a report are being drafted, and will be sent to stakeholders (including those not present) for input.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Participatory scenarios workshop (Pretoria, South Africa) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Participatory Scenarios Workshop on 12 November brought together stakeholders to discuss the drivers shaping the future of agri-food systems in South Africa, and to decide on sets of plausible alternative futures. These narrative futures set the backdrop to modelling development pathways to maximise the positives and minimise the negatives to ensure "the Africa we Want" of the African Union's Agenda 2063. Participants included national and regional government officials and policy stakeholders, research academics and civil society representatives; plus across-theme and across-country members of Team AFRICAP. Among the guests of honour were South Africa's Deputy Minister of Agriculture. We discussed and developed four standard agri-food scenarios split by two key drivers. These drivers are factors that will shape the future of agri-food systems, but whose development is uncertain. The two critical uncertainties in South Africa were climate risks and how they would play out and market access and land tenure and reform (little versus radical). Narrative scenarios and a report are being drafted, and will be sent to stakeholders (including those not present) for input.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://africap.info/south-africa-convenes-scenarios-workshop/
 
Description Poster presentation at ACRC2019, Ethiopia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Presented a poster at the African Climate Risks Conference 2019, Ethiopia, Addis Ababa.
Had discussions with several people at the poster, poster was also viewed by others during the 3 day conference.
Some of the discussions have led to follow-up discussions about data, outputs from AFRICAP and potential collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation at Impala Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Presentation of AFRICAP climate modelling work at the Impala Conference. Discussed how CP4 model was being used for applications and issues with the representation of climate in key areas. Led to discussions with experts based at Met Office on planned work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation at the African Ministerial Conference on Environment 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The FANRPAN regional policy officer and agro-ecology postdoctoral research associate from the University of Ledes presented on scenarios planning and convened a side event in partnership with COMESA on supporting climate change adaptation. Government representatives from all AFRICAP focal countries and AUDA-NEPAD (The New Partnership for Africa's Developmen) were present. A representative from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation office in Accra, Ghana was interested in the work and asked for a copy of the full AFRICAP scenarios report. Other representatives of civil society requested presentations and COMESA colleagues endorsed the scenarios methodology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation at the Climate Smart Agriculture Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A doctoral researcher aligned with AFRICAP presented a poster at the climate-smart agriculture (CSA) global biannual science conference, which was held under the theme "Transforming food systems under a changing climate". The conference was about bringing together scientists, entrepreneurs, development practitioners, and game changers from all sectors to a key global forum for scientific exchange and taking action to underpin implementation of CSA.
The conference aimed to achieve the following objectives:
• To mobilize the knowledge needed for food systems transformation under climate change.
• To catalyse the partnerships needed for transformation, bringing together all key stakeholders, from scientists, policy makers, investors and farmers.

The poster title was: 'Implications of soybean transitions on nutrition wellbeing and rural livelihoods: insights from a household survey in Zambia'

The researcher also talked about the broader objectives of the GCRF-AFRICAP project as well as his own research with various conference participants. He participated in several side meetings, which included:
• Fostering investment in climate-smart agriculture through innovative engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa organised by AFRICAP partner the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN).
• Reshaping supply chains, food retail, marketing and procurement organised by the conference committee.

Other presentations by AFRICAP team members included:

- 'The missing middle-a key institutional challenge for CSA policy implementation/upscaling: Evidence and ways forward in Africa' and 'the importance of the food system 'missing middle', i.e. from farm gate to retailer' by Dr Susannah Sallu, Tanzania Country Coordinator
- 'Combined use of numerical and conceptual models for climate-smart food systems' by Dr Marcelo Galdos, involving in AFRICAP modelling activities.

AFRICAP partner FANRPAN ran a side event entitled 'Fostering investment in climate-smart agriculture through innovative engagement in sub-Saharan Africa' which was attended by approximately 35 people. The event showcased AFRICAP - in particular the theatre for policy advocacy tool that will be used later in the programme. The event strengthened FANRPAN's partnership with GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and the two organisations are now planning another side event at COP25 as a result of this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://globalcsaconference.org/
 
Description Presentation at the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Summit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The AFRICAP soil science research associate gave an oral presentation on "Building resilience into agricultural systems in sub-Saharan Africa through improvement in soil structure" at the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Summit which took place 26-28 September 2019 in Berlin, Germany.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation at the XV Cell Wall Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Work conducted by colleagues in the School of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Leeds related to AFRICAP was presented at the XV Cell Wall Meeting in Cambridge which took place 7-12 July 2019. The poster was entitled 'Mitigation against Aflatoxin B1 Contamination by Binding to Plant Cell Wall Polysaccharides'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation in PhD researcher poster competition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact An AFRICAP-aligned researcher produced a poster based on her research exploring gendered influences in the adoption of climate smart agriculture in Tanzania for her institute's staff away day. This sparked a lot of interest amongst the circa 70 staff and postgraduate students present and discussions around future collaborations, with a picture of the poster then being circulated on Twitter to reach a wider audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://twitter.com/SRILeeds/status/1138426907341545472
 
Description Presentation to the Crucible early career researchers Global Development Lab 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The monitoring and evaluation approach used in AFRICAP was presented to early career researchers developing interdisciplinary projects to address global challenges. This included best practice in M&E and advice based on direct experiences in AFRICAP.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Press coverage of Malawi kick-off event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact On Thursday 12th July 2018, CISANET, in conjunction with University of Leeds and FANRPAN, held a Kick Off meeting to mark the start of GCRF-AFRICAP project in Malawi.
CISANET invited twelve journalists (including camera people) from eight media houses to provide media coverage for this event. Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS), Times Radio, Capital FM, Joy FM and Malawi Broadcasting Coroporation (MBC) Radio One covered and broadcasted the event. Zodiak TV, Times TV and MBC TV covered and beamed the event in their news programmes. Three print publications published (The Nation Publications Limited (NPL), Blantyre Newspapers Limited (BNL) and Globe Publications) and two online publications (SMASH and Maravi Post) also covered the event. The result was that information about the programme and the issues it is trying to address was disseminated to a wide audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.smashmw.com/launch-of-8m-research-programme-to-transform-agriculture-and-food-systems-in-...
 
Description Press release on Cheney fellowship 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Sithembile Mwamakamba was interviewed by University of Leeds PR colleagues and a press release produced on her experiences of the Cheney Fellowship.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://africap.info/university-of-leeds-cheney-fellowship-strengthens-africap-partnership/
 
Description Public lecture on fungi at Eden Project 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public lecture on significance of "invisible" fungi to general public, e.g. agriculture, evolution, climate
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Regional Awareness Workshop on Low Emissions Livestock: Supporting Policy Through Science in Southern Africa 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Colleagues from AFRICAP lead partner the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) represented AFRICAP at the 'Regional Awareness-Raising Workshop on Low Emissions Livestock: Supporting Policy Through Science in Southern Africa' conference in collaboration with the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, World Bank, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security (CCAFS), Center for the Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development in Southern Africa (CCARDESA) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). The conference took place 23-25 July 2019 and included representatives from a range of regional and multilateral organisations, government and research institutes. FANRPAN colleagues presented on the livestock-focused work taking place within AFRICAP.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Regional Forum on Climate Risks and Food Security Resilience, Lusaka, Zambia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact AFRICAP SAB Member, Dr Nalishebo Mebeelo, and the AFRICAP Regional Policy Officer, Ms Sithembile Mwamakamba, participated in the COMESA/World Bank forum on climate
adaptation and food systems resilience in Eastern and Southern Africa. The two-day forum provided a platform for high-level policymakers from across the Eastern and Southern Africa region to share their experiences and lessons learned in preparing for and responding to the 2015-16 El Nino event. The Forum also highlighted the need for more evidence-driven "no regrets" policies and investment strategies for strengthening the climate resilience of agricultural systems and food security in the region. AFRICAP works to address this.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Regional Policy Dialogue - Durban 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The theme of this policy dialogue was "Resilient African agriculture and food systems: securing prosperity and health for all". Claire Quinn was involved in a panel discussion considering how we build resilience for adaptation to climate change in agriculture in Africa. The purpose was one of knowledge exchange between researchers, practitioners and policy makers in relation to resilience in African agriculture in order to make progress towards climate resilient and productive agriculture in Africa. The dialogue involved over 100 delegates from across Africa, including DAC list countries (e.g. Malawi, Tanzania).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://dialogue2017.fanrpan.org/
 
Description Regional Policy Dialogue - Maputo 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This regional policy dialogue was held in Maputo, Mozambique in November 2018 and hosted by the Forum for Agricultural Research, Natural Resources and Analysis Network (FARNPAN), Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS), and the Graca Machel Trust (GMT). Over 190 delegates from 21 countries (including DAC list countries in Africa) attended the dialogue, including representatives from government, civil society, research organizations, intergovernmental organisations, private sector actors, farmer organisations and donors. The dialogue focused on knowledge exchange for "Transforming Africa's Agriculture". Claire Quinn presented the keynote in a session on "How can Africa increase investments in climate resilient Agriculture". The presentation focused on how climate change will impact agriculture and food systems in Africa over the next two decades and identified potential ways forward for agricultural transformation under uncertainty, specifically the scenarios work of GCRF-AFRICAP. The presentation highlighted how this research will engage with policy makers to facilitate resilient and Sustainable Development Goal-compliant agri-food systems.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School of Earth and Environment, Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Annual departmental seminar to advertise current modelling research of the Africap project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Seminar by University of Leeds staff at Sokoine University of Agriculture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact During a scoping trip to Tanzania, several members of University of Leeds staff gave a public presentation at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) on 18 March 2019 on 'progressing research partnerships for productive, sustainable and resilience agri-food systems in Tanzania'. It was attended by 35 members of staff and students and accompanied a partnership-building visit to SUA.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Session on climate resilience research in the Global South at the UK Climate Impacts and Risk Assessment Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The AFRICAP capacity-building lead curated a session on 'Research climate resilience in the Global South' at the Climate Impacts and Risk Assessment National Meeting. It included presentations and posters by AFRICAP researchers and the panel discussion featured a member of fellow GCRF Grow programme African SWIFT. The meeting was attended by a range of practitioners involved in climate impacts and resilience work, including the private sector and non-governmental organisations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://climate.leeds.ac.uk/events/climate-impact-and-risk-assessment-national-meeting/
 
Description Site visits with Qwa Qwa DARD staff 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Field session with local agricultural extension and support workers, meeting with smallholder farmers to discuss farming practices and climate issues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Sokoine University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The GCRF-AFRICAP Country Coordinator for Tanzania met with two academics at Sokoine University in Tanzania in March 2018, November 2018 and January 2019. The discussions included a briefing on the programme aims and objectives and potential areas for collaboration. In March 2019, academics from the GCRF-AFRICAP programme based at the University of Leeds are due to hold a presentation at Sokoine University and meet further with colleagues there to further this collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
 
Description Southern African Development Community (SADC) forum for non-state actors 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact FANRPAN attended the Southern African Development Community (SADC) forum for non-state actors on the sidelines of the SADC summit to provide input from the AFRICAP programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Stakeholder and policymaker workshop, Bloemfontein. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Workshop bringing together representatives of national (South Africa) and provincial (Free State) government agencies as well as academics and agricultural stakeholders to discuss and approve focal sites for in depth research, linked to the DRDLR AgriParks initiative.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Stakeholder workshop (Bloemfontein, South Africa) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The workshop served both as the national "kick-off" meeting for the AFRICAP project in South Africa, as well as an initial stakeholder engagement session to discuss climate smart agriculture as it applies to the country. The participants included representatives of several government departments (including Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the National Agricultural Marketing Council), as well as NGOs, farmers and academics. After presentations about the project, and about climate-smart agriculture issues, the workshop broke into parallel working-groups discussing grains, horticulture and livestock issues. Feedback from these sessions helped narrow down geographical areas and crop systems to explore further in developing the national implementation of the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.fanrpan.org/sites/default/files/Final%20FANRPAN%20Digest%20issue%201%202%20August%202018...
 
Description Stakeholder workshop (Bloemfontein, South Africa) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) in partnership with the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), the University of Leeds, Chatham House and the UK Met Office convened an in-country stakeholder engagement workshop from the 14th -15 February 2019 at Southern Sun Hotel in Bloemfontein, South Africa.The workshop was attended by 35 key stakeholders representing, the University of Free State, the Provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, FANRPAN, NAMC, University of Leeds and the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform. The workshop followed the scenarios meeting that took place on the 12th November 2018 at Burgers park Hotel in Pretoria, Gauteng. The main objective of the workshop was to plan for the key activities that will be taking place in the country under the AFRICAP programme, in particular the household survey and the theatre for policy advocacy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://africap.info/africap-team-in-south-africa-convenes-stakeholder-engagement-workshop/
 
Description Stakeholder workshop (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Organised by partner ESRF, the main objective of the workshop was to introduce the four-year project to key stakeholders in Tanzania working within the food, agriculture and development space. AFRICAP seeks to develop pathways to address challenges in the future. Speaking at the launch, the Minister of Agriculture noted the timeliness of the launch of the AFRICAP programme given the recent unveiling of the Agriculture Sectoral Development Programme II, with the main objective of transforming the agricultural sector (crops, livestock & fisheries) towards higher productivity, commercialization level and smallholder farmer income for improved livelihood, food security and nutrition. He welcomed the project and congratulated ESRF and the GCRF-AFRICAP project team for their interest in contributing towards agricultural sector development through research and capacity building with the ultimate aim of reducing the impacts of climate change to the most vulnerable in society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.esrftz.org/newsdetail.php?id=242
 
Description Stakeholder workshop (Lilongwe, Malawi) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact GCRF-AFRICAP Malawi-based partner the Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET) organised a programme launch meeting on 12 July 2018 at Bingu International Conference Centre, in Lilongwe, Malawi. The purpose of the meeting was to introduce the GCRF AFRICAP project to stakeholders in Malawi and build a pool of partners to work with at national level. The 54 participants represented relevant government departments, non-government organizations, farmer organizations, universities, researchers, civil society organizations among others. During the meeting - facilitated by CISANET - attendees deliberated on how the project should work with key stakeholders in the development of sustainable, productive, climate smart agricultural systems to meet food security and economic development needs. Discussions also centred on assessing how food, agriculture and natural resources policies can be developed so that they support the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. Mr Chesterman Kumwenda from the Malawi Food, Agriculture Organisation (FAO) office presented a update on Malawi's progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). He welcomed the GCRF-AFRICAP project and highlighted the need for the team to link up with ongoing activities in the country.

Participants were interested to find out about the role that existing research will play in the project, and how the research created from GCRF-AFRICAP will be disseminated as well as proposing areas for consideration in the programme research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.cisanetmw.org/index.php/142-press-release-gcrf-africap-kicks-off-in-malawi
 
Description Tanzania Forest Conservation Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The GCRF-AFRICAP Country Coordinator for Tanzania met with a representative of the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group in March 2018. The discussions included a briefing on the programme aims and objectives and potential areas for collaboration including the field research in the East Usambara Mountains. A scoping trip taking place in March 2019 will include a visit to this region.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
 
Description Tanzania visit - 4-8 March 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Representatives from GCRF-AFRICAP partner organisations Economic and Social Research Foundation (Tanzania) and FANRPAN (South Africa) met with the Agriculture Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture; the Agriculture Permanent Secretary of the President's Office Regional Administration and Local Government (PORALG); and the Agricultural Permanent Secretary of the Vice President's Office during a visit in March 2019. The talk introduced the programme aims and achievements to dates and discussed an upcoming research scoping trip to be conducted by programme team members from the University of Leeds and ESRF in March 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description The inaugural meeting of the Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land Use and Energy (FABLE) consortium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A representative from GCRF-AFRICAP project partner Chatham House attended the inaugural meeting of the Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land Use and Energy (FABLE) Pathways Consortium. The Consortium aims to discuss how countries can develop integrated pathways towards sustainable land-use and food systems that are consistent with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This sparked discussion on the potential for a partnership between the FABLE Consortium and AFRICAP. There is overlap because the Consortium includes a regional team from South Africa that will liaise with governments, business, civil society organisations, and other stakeholders to consult on modelling and ensure that the pathways can inform national and international policy processes. New country teams are being established and other AFRICAP focus countries (Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia) may be included in this process. As such, AFRICAP's collaboration with the Consortium could go beyond academic collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://unsdsn.org/news/2018/01/05/pathways-towards-sustainable-land-use-and-food-systems/
 
Description US Department of Agriculture and ICRAF 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The GCRF-AFRICAP Country Coordinator for Tanzania and a Research Director from Chatham House met with a representative of the US Department of Agriculture and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in November 2018 and with ICRAF alone in February 2019. The discussions included a briefing on the programme aims and objectives and potential areas for collaboration including synergies with previous household survey work carried out by ICRAF. Later, ICRAF colleagues with members of the GCRF-AFRICAP team successfully secured funding from the GCRF-AFRICAP training, capacity-building and pump-priming fund to establish a partnership between the GCRF-AFRICAP and the World Agroforestry Centre's CCAFS-funded Planning for Change (P4C) group to achieve innovative, data-driven research utilising the largest meta-analysis of agriculture to date and improve dissemination of AFRICAP research results through existing African climate smart agriculture networks.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
 
Description Webinar on climate smart agriculture 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Stephen Whitfield (AFRICAP Theme A and Zambia lead) presented a webinar on climate smart agriculture as part of the European Union's Erasmus+ Programme on Interuniversity Learning in Higher Education on Advanced Land Management on 1 October.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description World Food Prize/Borlaug Dialogue 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Borlaug Dialogue is an international symposium held alongside the award of the World Food Prize every year in Iowa, USA. In 2017 Claire Quinn presented an overview of GCRF-AFRICAP at a side event 'Translating Research Into Farmer Benefits' Sponsored by UK Science & Innovation Network and 2Blades Foundation. The audience was predominantly made up of researchers and practitioners from African countries and so was an opportunity for knowledge exchange on sustainable agriculture in Africa.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.worldfoodprize.org/index.cfm/93391/89462/reception_and_lightning_talks_translating_resea...
 
Description World Food Safety Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On the first ever World Food Safety Day, 7 June 2019, lead partner FANRPAN ran a social media campaign to highlight AFRICAP work on the research into aflatoxins that is taking part as part of the AFRICAP programme. The campaign included 23 tweets from 7 contributors over 5 days and reached 17, 843 accounts and 40,754 impressions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://africap.info/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/World-Food-Safety-Day-Piece.pdf
 
Description Zambia meeting with stakeholders 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A day-long meeting was held with the private seed companies in Lusaka on 25 September 2018 to discuss potential collaboration with GCRF-AFRICAP.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description iFEED presentation at iCROPM2020 conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact A talk about the AFRICAP modelling framework and its differences to integrated assessment models.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020