The Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystem Services and Food Security in Eastern Africa (CHIESA) was a four-year (2011 to 2015) 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 was 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 built the capacity of research communities, extension officers and decision makers in environmental research, as well as disseminated adaptation strategies in regard to climate change. The general areas for environmental research were in agriculture, hydrology, ecology and geoinformatics.
CHIESA's implementing agency was icipe, with coordination among four universities in Africa and Europe. Together, these institutions carried out activities within eight distinct work packages, and oversaw participation of 22 stakeholder institutions.
CHIESA activities focused 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 monitored weather, detected land use/land cover change, and studied biophysical and socio-economical factors affecting crop yields and food security.
The project also built 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 developed, tested and disseminated climate change adaptation tools, options and strategies at the farm level.
Further, CHIESA provided researcher training for staff members of the stakeholder organizations, enhanced monitoring and prediction facilities by installing Automatic Weather Stations, and disseminating scientific outputs to various actors from farmers to policy-makers.
The Adaptation for Ecosystem Resilience in Africa (AFERIA) Project is a two-year project with the aim of to disseminating and communicating research results, insights and interactions of climate change and food security developed from the CHIESA-Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystem Services and Food Security in Eastern Africa project described above.
The AFERIA Project 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.
The AFERIA project will disseminate research findings on climate change impacts and implement adaptation technologies such as drip irrigation, roof rain water harvesting, conservation agriculture, farm forestry and insect pest management to the partner organisations and beneficiary communities in different agro-ecological zones in the highlands.
The project will cooperate closely with national and local organizations in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania to reach out to the smallholder farmers, especially women and special needs groups. In addition, through communication and advocacy, AFERIA will support policy decision-makers in making rational and evidence based decisions on climate change adaptation to enhance food security and ecosystem resilience in the target areas.