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The Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystem Services and Food Security in Eastern Africa (CHIESA) is a four-year research and development project aimed at increasing knowledge on the impacts of climate change on ecosystem services in the Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspot (EABH).

CHIESA is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, and coordinated by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenya.

Through research and training, CHIESA will build the capacity of research communities, extension officers and decision makers in environmental research, as well as disseminate adaptation strategies in regard to climate change. The general areas for environmental research are in agriculture, hydrology, ecology and geoinformatics.

CHIESA's implementing agency is icipe, with coordination among four universities in Africa and Europe. Together, these institutions carry out activities within eight distinct work packages, and oversee participation of 22 stakeholder institutions.

CHIESA activities focus on three mountain ecosystems in Eastern Africa, namely Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the Taita Hills in Kenya and Jimma Highlands in Ethiopia. The project consortium monitors weather, detects land use/land cover change, and studies biophysical and socio-economical factors affecting crop yields and food security.

The project also builds the climate change adaptation capacity of East African research institutions, stakeholder organizations and decision-makers through research collaboration and training. Together with local communities, the project will develop, test and disseminate climate change adaptation tools, options and strategies at the farm level.

Further, CHIESA provides researcher training for staff members of the stakeholder organizations, enhances monitoring and prediction facilities by installing Automatic Weather Stations, and disseminates scientific outputs to various actors from farmers to policy-makers.

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Climate change adaptation: A drop at a time.

Climate change has brought with it water scarcity, longer dry spells and late onset/early cessation of rainy seasons. The population is also growing, increasing the demand for water for agriculture. Food security has been threatened in many parts of the world and Taita Hills in Kenya is not an exception. 

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Kilimanjaro hosts the 4th CHIESA Annual project meeting

The tranquil and green environment of the Moshi area at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania provided the perfect surroundings for the fourth and last annual project meeting of the CHIESA project. This meeting, that brought together scientists, government officials, farmer associations and other stakeholders, was a culmination of the effort, collaborations and hard work that has been part of the project in the past four years.

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