The trip covered meetings with local experts and institutions specialised in agronomy, cowpea and rice breeding and climate meteorology. It also included a transdisciplinary seminar, a local district stakeholder meeting, focus group discussions with smallholder farmers, meetings with village chiefs and visits at IIAM’s research station, gene bank and biotechnology lab.
LGI participated in the trip to build a shared understanding of the socio-economic context, needs and practices of smallholder farmers, local expertise, capacity and systems in place to foster the legacy of the project outcomes. This was done in the context of LGI’s leading role in the socio-economic impact assessment of the climate services developed within FOCUS-Africa. We’ve developed a framework to help assess the short and long term socio-economic impact of the climate services and in doing so help improve their design and maximise their impact.
Building a toolkit for climate ready agriculture that offers lasting benefits to smallholder farmers starts with learning about their needs and practices. That’s why, together with the CS3 team, we visited the villages of Namachepa and Rieque, in the Mogovolas district in northern Mozambique, to learn from local knowledge and design tailored climate services.