Research & Development

Research & Development

Research, development and documentation is an important component of any institution. It is necessary to ensure that up-todate research work is being carried out in line with the development goals of an institution. Our research is vibrant to come up with tools required for application of climate information in the decision making process. It is directed at how to better improve the outputs of ICPAC applications, as opposed to being ‘pure’ research.

Our major objectives is to improve the technical capacity of producers and users of climatic information while at the same time enhancing the input to climate monitoring and forecasting products and use of the same products.

The specific objectives include:

  • Strengthening the area of Applied Research.
  • Capacity Building.
  • Assisting in project formulation and development.
  • Information Documentation and Library archives.

The research activities include:

  • Review and prioritize relevant research activities of regional and international importance.
  • Carry out relevant research activities that would reduce climate related risks for the different socio-economic sectors.
  • Encourage activities that would promote Applied Research in the understanding of climate systems as opposed to theoretical research.
  • Encourage collaborative research work with local universities, research centers and other international research institutions in the area of applied research.
  • Encourage the Development of Pilot Application Projects relevant to specific socio-economic sectors in the region.
  • Development and testing of forecast models as well as user specific products.
  • Use the results from various research work undertaken in the division to conduct Capacity Building Training workshops.
  • Find ways of patenting and protection of the research discoveries carried out for the region.
  • Documentation the research findings in the Library.
  • Collection and archiving of relevant research publications, journals and reports from other research institutions in the library.
  • Publications of reports on hard copies, CDs, Bulletins and other media of storage.

GHA Climate Risk & Food Security Atlas

ICPAC and the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) Regional Bureau for Eastern and Central and other partners, through the Climate Adaptation, Management and Innovation Initiative (C-ADAPT) project, funded by the Swedish Government’s fast-track climate finance have documented regional ATLAS on linkages of climate driven hazards to food insecurity. This has used a common methodology to define, parameterize and model some of the key climate induced hazards in the region and their linkages to the prevalent food insecurity situation in the region. The Atlas is intended to draw attention of policymakers, natural resource managers, agencies among other stakeholders to hotspots and cross boarder issues exacerbated by climatic events that have led to deteriorating agricultural production, environmental degradation and hence food insecurity. It further maps past climate trends, identify geographic patterns of vulnerability, previous climate shocks and stressors align with trends in food insecurity and underscores the extent to which different sources of livelihoods are sensitive to climate variables at regional, national and some low administrative levels. The full Atlas can be downloaded from this link (.pdf).