Participatory action research advances climate change adaptation

May 01, 2012
Climate Change Adaptation in Africa
Research under the Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (CCAA) program explored how to improve the ability of African countries to adapt to climate change in ways that benefit the most vulnerable, including a large portfolio of research on adapting agriculture to climate change. CCAA’s methodology of choice, participatory action research (PAR), has proved successful in innovating and implementing effective adaptation options. Working with Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), CCAA supported the publication of a guide on how to conduct PAR for agricultural adaptation.

The Application of Participatory Action Research to Climate Change Adaptation in Africa: A Reference Guide captures the lessons from researchers’ experience with PAR and provides practical information for researchers, policymakers, and other development workers involved in adaptation initiatives.

CCAA researchers also collaborated to produce a series of fact sheets on topics related to agricultural adaptation:
The Climate Change Adaptation in Africa research and capacity development program ran from 2006 to 2012 as a joint initiative of Canada’s International Development Research Centre and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID)