Stress-testing development pathways under a changing climate: water-energy-food security in the lake Malawi-Shire river system

Research article by Ajay Gajanan Bhave, Declan Conway, Suraje Dessai, David Mkwambisi, Andrew Dougill on 28 Feb 2022

Malawi depends on Lake Malawi outflows into the Shire River for its water, energy and food (WEF) security. The authors of this paper explore future WEF security risks under the combined impacts of climate change and ambitious development pathways for water use expansion.

Insurance as a catalyst for using climate risk information for government planning and decision-making: A framework for analysing drivers and barriers, tested against evidence emerging from Sub-Saharan Africa

Working paper by Swenja Surminski, Jon Barnes, Katharine Vincent on 8 Oct 2019

This paper from the UMFULA programme investigates the potential catalyst role of insurance in adaptation to climate change in a developing country context that is characterised by low insurance penetration and a relatively low level of government planning, analysing the problem from the perspective of insurers in South Africa, Malawi and Tanzania. read more »

Creating useful and usable weather and climate information – insights from Participatory Scenario Planning in Malawi

Working paper by Dorothy Tembo-Nhlema, Katharine Vincent, Rebecka Henriksson Malinga on 9 Sep 2019

This paper outlines experiences with Participatory Scenario Planning (PSP), which has been used in Malawi as a method to bring together producers and users of weather and climate information to co-produce sector-specific advisories of weather information to make it both useful and usable to the different user groups, including farmers. read more »

Climate change adaptation and cross-sectoral policy coherence in southern Africa

Working paper by Matthew England, Andy Dougill, Lindsay Stringer, Katharine Vincent, Joanna Pardoe, Felix Kalaba, David Mkwambisi, Emilinah Namaganda on 7 Apr 2017

To be effective, cross-cutting issues like climate change adaptation need to be mainstreamed across multiple sectors; greater policy coherence is essential in order for this to happen. Using the cases of Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia, this paper investigates the extent of coherence in national policies across water and agriculture sectors and their links to climate […]