The Climate Research for Development (CR4D) in Africa initiative announced the first cohort of 21 young African scientists who will receive up to £100,000 each to carry out demand-driven research and development of more science-based reliable and useful climate information in Africa.
The grantees from Uganda Benin, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Madagascar, Namibia, Senegal and Zimbabwe were selected through a highly competitive research commissioning process.
Ms. Charlotte Watts, the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) Chief Scientific Adviser also noted that, “if we are to fight the effects of climate change, we need strong scientific evidence to help us understand its dynamics and how this will affect Africa. These grants will help to fill important research gaps and we, as DFID, are thrilled to be the first to support this exciting opportunity”.
Mr. James Murombedzi, Chief of the ACPC and representative of the CR4D OB noted that “understanding of African climate and use of climate information for decision-making are restricted by a number of factors, including inadequate research infrastructure, gaps in Africa’s climate observation systems, inadequate data to assess the past and current states of the climate as well as communication gaps between climate scientists and decision-makers, vulnerable communities, development practitioners.’’
Adding that launching of the CR4D research grant is a step towards addressing these challenges.”
Professor Amadou Gaye, the co-chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the CR4D, says “there is an increasing need for tailored weather and climate services, adaptation strategies and sustained policy support that will reduce Africa’s vulnerability to the vagaries of severe weather and extreme climate events”.
The CR4D is an African-led initiative created through a partnership of the African Climate Policy Center (ACPC) of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).
The initiative is an outcome of the African Climate Conference 2013 (ACC-2013), which was held in Arusha, Tanzania, and seeks to strengthen the links between climate science research and climate information needs in support of development planning in the continent’s key development sectors.”.