Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) is an international research programme
jointly funded by the UK’s Department for International Development
(DFID) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The
programme will fund world-leading interdisciplinary research to enhance
scientific understanding on climate variability and change across
sub-Saharan Africa. It focusses on advancing scientific knowledge,
understanding and prediction of African climate variability and change,
together with interdisciplinary research and user engagement to support
better integration of science into medium-term decision making
(multi-annual to multi-decadal or approximately 5 to 40 years), such as
infrastructure investments, urban development plans, landuse planning
and national-scale policy initiatives (e.g. Poverty Reduction Strategies
or social protection systems).
The programme will be delivered through collaborative, interdisciplinary
partnerships of the world’s best researchers, selected through a
rigorous competitive call process. A range of projects will fall under
the FCFA programme including large, regionally-focussed research
programme consortia, a global model development consortium, smaller
targeted supporting projects and cross programme research, knowledge
exchange and capacity building activities through the Coordination,
Capacity Development and Knowledge Exchange (CCKE) Unit.
The programme’s success will be measured by the way that its research
contributes knowledge and evidence to enhance the resilience of African
people to climate variability and change and through this help to
improve the lives of poor people in sub-Saharan Africa.
Ranger, N.; Garnett, N.; Pearce, H.; Aspinall, L. FCFA Programme Rationale, Structure and Scientific Focus. CDKN Global, London, UK (2014) 27 pp.