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Practical solutions to adapt to climate change in the production and post-harvesting sectors: the cases of Mozambique and Rwanda

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5th – 16th of November 2016

Climate change is a driver of vulnerability in particular for that people whose livelihood depends on natural resources. Rural people rely on the ecosystems and biodiversity hence consider climate variability and change as an important threat and the negative impacts of these changes are endangering the livelihood of small-holder farmers worldwide. This dramatic phenomenon has eliminated that element of predictability that allowed smallholder farmers to count on seasons and traditional knowledge to predict the weather and organize their farming activities. Nowadays, seasons, floods, droughts and storms no longer come when expected. Water stress, soil erosion and infestations are all contributing to making smallholder farmers more vulnerable.

In the ESA region, the effects of climate change will be compounded by the region's high poverty levels, weak infrastructure, poor natural resources management and dependence on rain fed agriculture. As a matter of fact, in order to cope with these changes and overcome their related challenges, rural communities are called to develop innovative and adaptive solutions, strategies and practices.

In September 2012 the five-year Adaptation to Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) was launched by the International Fund of Agricultural Development (IFAD) and it is currently the largest adaptation programme targeting smallholder farmers enabling them to improve their food security and nutrition, raise their incomes and strengthen their resilience towards climate change negative effects on production and post-harvesting. ASAP has become the largest global financing source dedicated to supporting the adaptation of poor smallholder farmers to climate change. The programme is working in more than thirty developing countries, using climate finance to make rural development programmes more climate-resilient.

Under the framework of the Programme “Strengthening Capacities and tools to scale up and disseminate Innovations” implemented by the PROCASUR Corporation and funded through an IFAD’s large regional grant, one Learning Route (LR) focused on Climate Change Adaptation will take place in the East and Southern Africa (ESA) regionin 2016. This topic was selected resting on the consolidated results of the (i) online survey lunched by PROCASUR in April 2016 in the ESA region, (ii) in depth interviews to project managers of IFAD funded projects in the ESA region, and (iii) experts’ consultation undertaken among specialists in the area of Climate Change. The LR project titled “Practical solutions to adapt to climate change in the production and post-harvesting sectors: the cases of Mozambique and Rwanda” will draw from the cases of Pro-poor Value Chain Project in the Maputo and Limpopo Corridors (PROSUL) and Climate Resilient Post-Harvest and Agribusiness Support Project (PASP) in Mozambique and Rwanda respectively.

Please find below the Application pack composed by the following documents: (i) Call for applications; (ii) Application form of the Learning Route; (iii) Scholarship form and (iv) an Endorsment Letter for the sponsoring organization.

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

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

Ms. Laura Fantini lfantini@procasur.org; Phone: + 254 (0) 718914793

Ms. Loise Irungu, l.irungu@procasur.org Phone: +254(020) 2716036

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

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

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