AFRADAPT - Intraregional learning for adaptation to climate change in Africa




Prof. Dr. Detlef Müller-Mahn


Bevölkerungs- und Sozialgeographie




11 / 2010 - 10 / 2011


Between November 2010 and October 2011 Detlef Müller-Mahn and members of his team at the Institute of Geography and the Center for Natural Risk and Development (ZENEB) of the University of Bayreuth organized a series of four conferences and workshops in Eldoret, Nairobi, Bayreuth and at last on 13th-14th October 2011 in Addis Ababa as part of a pilot project on “Intra-regional learning and technology transfer for adaptation to climate change”. The project is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Research (BMBF) in its funding programme on “Knowledge-based partnerships for sustainable solutions with Sub-Saharan Africa”. The universities of Eldoret (Dr. Gilbert Nduru) and Addis Ababa (Dr. Belay Simane) contributed greatly to the meetings, together with CETRAD in Kenya (Dr. Boniface Kiteme) and Prof. Urs Wiesmann, Dr. Chinwe Ifejika Speranza and Dr. Stephan Rist of Bern University, Switzerland. The final workshop in Addis Ababa was fully sponsored by the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Programme (CCAFS) of the World Bank, based in Nairobi. As a result of these activities, two national research teams have been formed in Kenya and Ethiopia that are joined by researchers from the universities of Bayreuth, Bonn and Bern (Switzerland), and by the German Institute for Development Politics (DIE) in Bonn to carry out action research about intraregional learning processes in the context of climate change and adaptation.

The project consortium comprises around 25 researchers and representatives of Nongovernmental Organizations, most of them from Africa. The project aims at a better understanding of what “adaptation to climate change” means to local people in Africa, and how it can be supported by processes of social learning and the exchange of knowledge between people living under different agroecological conditions.