AAS program intensifies support for research tackling climate change

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) have selected 37 African researchers for the third cohort of a program supporting early career researchers to conduct research and to generate knowledge to help the continent effectively tackle climate change.

The 37, who have been selected to be Visiting Fellows of the Climate Impact Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE) fellowship program, are lecturers and researchers drawn from institutions in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania Uganda and Zimbabwe.

CIRCLE Visiting Fellows (CVFs) spend a year in another university or research organization in Africa conducting research on the impact of climate change, under the supervision of a senior academic. The research focuses on one or more of five thematic areas – agriculture; energy; health and livelihoods; water; and policy.

“Most parts of Africa are already experiencing the impacts of climate change. It is important for the continent to research ways of reducing the impact if we are to effectively adapt. Developing the required skills base to generate the needed knowledge to inform decision making and actions is highly critical,” says Benjamin Gyampoh, CIRCLE Programme Manager.“CIRCLE is geared to training researchers to produce quality research to inform policy and contribute knowledge for countries and communities to mitigate and adapt to the impact of climate change.”

The 37 researchers are exploring projects that range from how climate change will impact different genders, the aged, and the diet and food security of rural communities and how small scale farmers perceive and are adapting to climate change, among others.