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Research project: Building Research Capacity for Sustainable Water and Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa (BRECcIA)

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Climate variability impacts on water and food security across African drylands, impacting vulnerable members of society whose livelihoods are highly dependent on subsistence farming and pastoralism, and who are subjected to hydrological hazards. The problem is that there is a lack of locally relevant research and solutions to address these challenges, and there is a lack of a systematic approach to doing this – instead we need to build the partnerships and capacity for future local researchers to solve these challenges.

This will be delivered through high level research programmes that integrate across disciplines and are underpinned by local and regional priorities, but also the constraints and opportunities across these scales.

Our objectives are:

  • To enable partner institutions to understand the barriers and enablers to high quality scientific research, and to co-develop a pipeline of capacity-building activities to strengthen research technical and management skills, professional skills, and professional development.
  • To develop research networks across African institutions around water and food security, and to leverage these to co-design pertinent research questions on key global challenges.
  • To engage in collaborative research programmes that advance knowledge of food and water security in partner countries, identifies solutions to water and food security challenges, and produce a new cohort of trained researchers in this field that are capable of leading and shaping the direction of future research.
  • To ensure impactful research that influences policy/practice through engagement with regional climate, hydrological and agricultural information providers, and with stakeholders and policy makers at national and local levels to empower local communities.
  • To facilitate sustained research capacity within partner institutions after the end of the project and to provide opportunities to self-propagate capacity to a broader set of institutions and researchers across Africa.

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