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 aim of the FCFA programme is to support research to
better understand and improve confidence in predictions of climate
variability and change across sub-Saharan Africa on timescales to inform
adaptation. The programme will have a major focus on climate science and
modelling, underpinned by the principles of informing real decisions,
with emphasis on enhancing the usefulness of climate science and
projections, and on adoption of a multidisciplinary approach.
The FCFA Zambia pilot study comprised multi-sector, multi-stakeholder
workshops, as well as primary and secondary research of climate science
and its applications. This endeavor, led by the Red Cross Red Crescent
Climate Centre in collaboration with the Met Office Hadley Centre (MOHC)
and the Zambia Red Cross Society (ZRCS), yielded the following
recommendations for the consideration of policymakers and for DFID.
Koelle, B.; Bachofen, C.; Suarez, P.; Jones, R.; Coughlan, E.; Mudenda, W. Future Climate for Africa - Pilot Phase: Zambia Technical Report. DFID, London, UK/NERC, London, UK (2014) 28 pp.