CALESA - developing promising strategies using analogue locations in Eastern+Southern Africa
Associated Organization: Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Research and Transfer Center Applications of Life SciencesThe CALESA project (www.calesa-project.net) will test potential agricultural adaptation strategies for rain-fed agriculture in the semi-arid and sub-humid tropics, in particular Kenya and Zimbabwe. This will be achieved by using a combination of model-based ex-ante analyses and iterative field-based research on station and in farmers’ fields.
Themes: Agriculture, fisheries and food security, Crosscutting Issues, Gender, Poverty and vulnerability
Regions: East Africa, Southern Africa
Countries: Kenya, Zimbabwe
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Overview: All in all, the CALESA project covers eight study locations: Four crop productions zones, hereof two in Kenya and two in Zimbabwe, will be chosen. Then corresponding spatial “analogue locations” for each production zone will be identified, providing a total of eight locations. Special attention will be paid to adaptation to temperature increases; altitudinal effects on mean air temperature will facilitate this.
Given the potential of “analogue locations” to provide a solid basis for such research across sub-Saharan Africa, special emphasis will also be placed on the continuous documentation and dissemination of project activities and achievements through the internet, newsletters and dissemination events.
Finally, a strong element of participatory research with farmers within the project locations will ensure that CALESA's project activities and outputs remain relevant to their needs and expectations.
- 4 important crop growing areas in Kenya and Zimbabwe identified and fully characterized – areas comprise cool/dry, cool/wet, warm/dry and warm/wet growing conditions
- Crop-growth simulation models and participatory surveys with farmers to identify and quantify the implications of current and future (climate change) production risk at the study locations
- Potential crop, soil and water management and crop genotype adaptation options evaluated and adaptation strategies formulated for the target locations.
- Strengthened institutional capacity (both in understanding climate change impacts and developing effective adaptation responses) through wide promotion and dissemination of project results as well as hands-on capacity-building