GCRF-AFRICAP knowledge-sharing seminar/webinar co-hosted with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF): Monday 17 June, 1pm UK time

June 17, 2019

Location: University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, United Kingdom

Please join us for an AFRICAP knowledge-sharing seminar/webinar, co-hosted with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) on Monday 17 June at 1pm-2.30pm UK time.

Guest speakers: Todd Rosenstock & Christine Lamanna of the Land Health Decision Team at World Agroforestry (ICRAF, Nairobi)

Title:Climate-Smart Change? Lessons from working with governments, NGOs and farmers on scaling up productive, resilient and low-emission agriculture in Africa under CCAFS

Location: Roger Stevens LT15  / Register for webinar here

Overview: We are pleased to announce that World Agroforestry’s Todd Rosenstock and Christine Lamanna will lead a seminar/webinar on mainstreaming climate-smart agriculture (CSA) in sub-Saharan Africa. They have worked extensively with development partners including NEPAD, national and sub national governments, iNGOs and farmers to build the evidence base to support informed decision making and efforts to scale up CSA. The results have influenced policies, programming and investments. Their work is part of the ICRAF’s Thematic Research Area called Land Health Decisions (LHD), an interdisciplinary team including a diverse range of expertise from soil to decision science.  

This webinar is part of a two day pump-priming visit to spur collaborations between the University of Leeds and ICRAF on CSA.

Act 1: Evidence, influence and change. ICRAF will showcase experiences of conducting and disseminating CSA research in Africa. This will be framed under the auspices of linking knowledge to action and by the arc of CSA science. They will specifically discuss what has worked and the challenges to creating evidence and informing change in the dynamic environment and in close partnership with next users of the information. Information about LHD and ICRAF programs beyond CSA will also be discussed, and more details on Todd and Christine’s research can be found here.

Act 2: The CSA Compendium. The second part of the Webinar will discuss the team’s flagship knowledge product. The CSA Compendium is a meta-dataset compiled to explore questions around the ‘climate-smartness’ of agricultural technologies. That is, what are the effects of shifting from one management practice to another on productivity, resilience and mitigation outcomes, with an interest to uncover what the data say from what works where. The Compendium contains more than 80,000 observations from over 1400 African agricultural studies linked to detailed covariates such as climate, soil, and socio-economics.

Speaker bios:

Todd Rosenstock is a Senior Agriculture & Environmental Scientist with World Agroforestry (ICRAF), based in Kinshasa, where he investigates how smallholder agriculture affects the environment and society and vice versa. His research applies observational and manipulative experiments, data synthesis and modeling techniques to link the best available science with public policy, investments and programming. Methods development for monitoring social and environmental change and climate-smart agriculture are integral themes of his work. Todd is lead editor of the recently published Climate Smart Agriculture Papers, leads the CCAFS Program Partnerships for Scaling (P4S) Climate Smart Agriculture Project and co-led the Standard Assessment of Mitigation Potential and Livelihoods in Smallholder Systems (SAMPLES). He was a founding member of the steering committee for the Alliance for CSA in Africa and was a member of the Integrated Planning and Monitoring Subgroup of the Knowledge Action Group of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture. Dr. Rosenstock received his PhD in Agroecology and MS in International Development from the University of California, Davis.

Christine Lamanna is a climate-change ecologist and decision analyst at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya, working on targeting climate-smart agricultural interventions throughout Africa to inform national policies. She uses a diverse array of techniques, including participatory decision making, Bayesian networks, niche modelling, and functional diversity to investigate the suitability of agricultural interventions for climate change adaptation and mitigation. Before joining ICRAF, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow with the University of Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative. She holds a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, with a minor in Global Change from the University of Arizona (2012) and a BSc in Physics and Astronomy from Haverford College (2004).