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building capacity for capacity building in climate change adaptation

BUILDING CAPACITY FOR CAPACITY

BUILDING IN CLIMATE CHANGE

ADAPTATION: CHALLENGES AND

OPPORTUNITIES FOR EASTERN AFRICA

Presentation by

Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture

Regional Secretariat, Kampala, Uganda

(Wellington N. Ekaya / Oliver V. Wasonga)

Scoping Workshop on Climate Change and Policy Making in Agriculture and Natural Resource

Management in East Africa.


RUFORUM:

Background

Regional Universities Forum for capacity

building in Agriculture

Consortium of 12 Universities in ECA:

Kenya – 5 Zimbabwe – 2

Uganda - 1 Mozambique - 1

Tanzania -1 Malawi - 1

Zambia - 1


RUFORUM Strategic Thrust

Pool efforts by universities to

enhance contribution to

development and build Africa's

human resource and institutional

capacity


Addressing a Big Set of Problems for

Agricultural Development in SSA

Placing universities into development context to

cause impact

Quality and focus of higher education

How to recreate African universities for

relevance to development

Meeting demands of knowledge economies

Re-building Africa's human resource and

innovation capacity


What we want to achieve

Build capacity for capacity development

Strengthen Innovation Capacity

Strengthen Africa’s contribution to global

knowledge

Integrate universities in development

process & practice

Synergy and economies of scale and scope


Strategic Goals

Capacity building (MSc, PhD, Post-doctoral &

short courses)

Rationalized resource use for training & research

Innovative structures for training, research and

outreach

Impact-oriented research in universities

Advocacy, coordination & resource mobilization


Agric and NRM Research and Graduate

Training in ECA w.r.t. w.r.t.

Climate Change

Key Facts / Challenges:

Very limited staff competence in Agric. and

NRM Faculties for training

No graduate Agric. and / or NRM curriculum

embraces issues on climate change

Climate change issues tend to be mentioned in

passing after the main course content is covered

Faculty staff and students deeply acknowledge

the challenge of climate change


Agric and NRM Research and Graduate

Training in ECA w.r.t. w.r.t.

Climate Change

Key Facts / Challenges:

Staff competence in Agric. and NRM Faculties

for research remain limited : e.g. Modeling

Most research on climate change tends to be

based in other Faculties – Agric. Faculty staff

are participants

Research and Training is characterized by

Centres of Excellence NOT Networks of

Excellence: currently there are over 20

innitiaves on climate change adaptation – most

don’t know each other


Agric and NRM Research and Graduate

Training in ECA w.r.t. w.r.t.

Climate Change

Key Facts/Challenges:

Resource mobilization skills remain limited

Resource mobilization strategies remain limited

– lone ranger approach more common

Research and teaching facilities need

improvement

Very weak link between Agric. Communities and

Agric. / NRM Faculties

Very weak functional linkages between

Meteorology Departments and Farmers


Agric and NRM Research and Graduate

Training in ECA w.r.t. w.r.t.

Climate Change

Opportunities:

RUFORUM as an effective network of

Universities, has these issues at the core of

agenda

Internationally, the “resource envelope” for

climate change and adaptation research is well

endowed

Most Faculties are increasingly becoming aware

of the key facts outlined


Agric and NRM Research and Graduate

Training in ECA w.r.t. w.r.t.

Climate Change

Opportunities:

The CHEA meeting in Lusaka (October 2008) –

Excellent Lobby platform

Climate scoping meeting brings together

Ambassadors with diverse expertise and from

diverse institutions – experience enrichment

Consensus on the next steps from here.


THANK YOU FOR

AUDIENCE

www.RUFORUM.org

ekaya@africaonline.co.ke

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