The Adaptation for Ecosystem Resilience in Africa (AFERIA) is a two-year project to disseminate and communicate research results, insights and interactions of climate change and food security developed from a previous research and development project (CHIESA-Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystem Services and Food Security in Eastern Africa).
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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.
Objective: Improved food and nutrition security, and livelihoods of small-scale farmers in Eastern Africa.
Purpose: To disseminate and communicate the results of the CHIESA project research for rural communities and professionals working with climate change related issues in the Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspot (EABH) and strengthen their capacities to monitor and adapt to the climate change on ecosystem services.
Jimma University , Ethiopia
Pangani Basin Water Board (PBWB) , Tanzania
Taita Environmental Research and Resource Arc (TERRA), Kenya
University of York, UK
University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
University of Helsinki, Finland
Geographic scope of the project
This project focuses on mountain ecosystems in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. Project activities will be implemented in the in upper sub-catchment of the Didessa River Basin in the Jimma highlands of Ethiopia, The Taita Hills and Murang’a in Kenya and the upper sub-catchment of the Pangani Basin in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.
The target beneficiaries are 11,200 smallholder farmers, 2000 farmers in Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia and 5000 coffee farmers in Murang’a, Kenya coping with the impact of climate change in the four target areas. Other significant beneficiaries include: Agricultural extension agencies; CBOs and NGOs; local and national government; private sector and the general public.The target beneficiaries will be reached through intermediary beneficiaries who include the local organisations and smallholder farmers’ groups, associations and unions that will nominate members to host and manage demonstration sites and farmer field schools to disseminate the technologies. The project emphasizes the empowerment of women and youth and their participation in the implementation activities.
Project Result areas
The output for this component is adoptable and adaptable research results that have been simplified for use by different beneficiaries and stakeholders as well as the general public. The available research results, findings and recommendations will be used to develop a Multifunctional Agricultural Landscape Mosaic (MALM), an integrated land and water management approach to address critical environmental problems caused by climate and land use changes. Research results on land use/land cover change, climate projections, water resources, economic value of ecosystem services, biodiversity and habitats, insect pest and coffee diseases and household vulnerabilities will be integrated into the development of the MALM. The MALM will support informed decision-making on the appropriate adaptation actions in the different regions.
Technology transfer and capacity building
The objective of this component is to ensure that adaptation technologies are available to stakeholder organisations and target beneficiaries. This component will also promote capacity building of partner and stakeholder organizations to communicate research results and related technology and implement community based climate change adaptation plans. Technology transfer and capacity building will be implemented at the scientific level for the local research institutions and at practical level for extension workers and small holder farmers. Demonstration sites, which will be venues for farmer learning, will be established to showcase technologies that focus on integrated pest management, roof water rain harvesting, drip irrigation and tree nurseries for indigenous tree species and disease-resistant coffee varieties.
This component will ensure that there is increased knowledge and information about climate, adaptation technology and markets, and the way they interact, among the stakeholders, including small-scale farmers, extension workers and policy-makers. It will support the technology transfer and scientific synthesis constituents in disseminating research results and relevant information to the diverse target audience. Appropriate information, training, and communication materials will be made available to NARES, extension agencies, farmers, CBOs and NGOs. Outreach and information material such as policy briefs, training manuals, newspaper articles and brochures will be produced in English, Kiswahili, Amharic and Oromia to ensure adequate access by all the stakeholders and beneficiaries.