From Research to Policy: Linking Climate Change Adaptation to Sustainable Agriculture

Research on climate change and its impact on the vulnerable is fairly well developed in Southern Africa. The transfer of knowledge from scientists to policymakers, however, remains weak.

This project aims to improve the uptake of research results into food security policy in Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa and Swaziland.

The project has two components, one related to research, and the other to knowledge dissemination. First, researchers will refine an existing tool - the Household Vulnerability Index (HVI) developed in partnership with World Vision International - to incorporate the effects of climate change scenarios on crop yields. Secondly, they will conduct a cost-benefit analysis on the investments (assets and knowledge) needed to adapt to these effects at the district and household level. Study sites will be selected in Malawi, Lesotho and Swaziland. A total of eight research fellowships, including six post-graduate and two postdoctoral fellowships, will be offered at collaborating institutions Expected outputs include scientific publications, an updated database on household vulnerability, policy analysis and advocacy tools, and the promotion of dialogue platforms that will survive the life of the project.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Thursday, March 31, 2011

End Date

Monday, September 29, 2014


36 months

IDRC Officer

MacAlister, Charlotte

Total funding

CA$ 1,499,800


Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, South of Sahara, South Africa


Climate Change

Project Leader

Sepo Hachigonta

Project Leader

Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda


Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network

Institution Country

South Africa

Institution Website