Global environmental change, including climate change, poses significant risks to agricultural production and food security, particularly in regions such as Africa and Asia that are undergoing rapid environmental and demographic change. In these regions, START is fully committed to activities that promote the generation and sharing of knowledge in support of adaptation planning for agriculture and food security. START’s current or recently completed activities in this area include:
START in partnership with UNEP, WMO, IPCC, USAID, the University of Ghana, the University of Dar es Salaam and the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies recently launched a 9-city assessment on urban and peri-urban agriculture and climate change.
START is partnering with the University of Dar es Salaam on a university-wide program to integrate teaching and learning on climate change into the classroom experience, and to promote communication on critical climate change issues between the university and the …
A significant component of START’s long-term commitment to scientific capacity building in Africa focuses on agriculture, food security, agro-ecosystems, and rural livelihoods. START’s programs in this area have helped to enable networks of experts that strengthen CCAFS efforts in Africa.
START’s Grants for Global Environmental Change Research in Africa are awarded to African scientists for one-year projects on global environmental change (GEC) in Africa.
The Advanced Institute on Climate Variability and Food Security focused on the application of seasonal climate forecasts to improve agricultural food security. The intensive training component of the Institute was held at the International Research Institute for Climate Prediction (IRI) facility in Palisades, New York from 8-26 July 2002.
The Advancing Capacity to Support Climate Change Adaptation (ACCCA) project developed risk communication methods and tools capable of supporting stakeholder decision-making about climate change and related risks in 17 countries in Africa and Asia.
AIACC filled gaps in scientific knowledge and capacity by funding, training, and mentoring developing country scientists to undertake multi-sector, multi-country research of priority to developing countries.
The CLIMAG Project was completed in 2005. Climate Prediction and Agriculture (CLIMAG) was an interdisciplinary project implemented in Africa, Asia, Latin America and North America by START in partnership with the International Research Institute for Climate Prediction (IRI), the World …