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Future Climate for Africa (FCFA): Results of the scoping phase

Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) is a new five-year international research programme jointly funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The Programme supports research to better understand climate variability and change across sub-Saharan Africa. It is focused on advancing the scientific knowledge, understanding and prediction of African climate variability and change on 5 to 40 year timescales, together with support for better integration of science into longer-term decision making.

Climate change is moving the goalposts for development. If policy and planning decisions are to remain robust and sustainable as the climate changes, they must take into account the expected changes in temperature, rainfall and extremes in the coming decades. However, climate scientists don’t always provide this information in a way that decision-makers can use effectively. They have to understand what weather and climate information decision-makers need and respond to it. FCFA highlights key findings from case studies in Malawi, Ghana, Mozambique, Zambia and Rwanda on how climate information can be used to improve humanitarian and development policy.

CDKN is responsible for coordinating the FCFA scoping phase – an 18 month exercise that uses six case studies in sub-Saharan Africa to evaluate the needs of science users in the context of the capabilities and limitations of current science.

Click below to view the case studies from the FCFA scoping phase: