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ADAFARM. Small scale farmers’ sustainable adaptation strategies to climate change based on ecosystem services

European Commission - Marie Skłodowska-Curie action

October 2018 - September 2020 

ICATALIST is the beneficiary institution of the action, which will be developed from Madrid (Spain),

with several travels to Mozambique and the UK (University of Edinburgh).

ADAFARM aims to analyze ecosystem-based climate adaptation options and nature based

solutions for small farmers in Mozambique. In line with the Sustainable Development Goals

of the United Nations (SDGs) these strategies would be economically efficient, environmentally sustainable and socially equitable. ICATALIST will use a social-ecological frame to focus on the role played by formal and informal institutions and key factors like poverty and gender, for ecosystem based adaptation strategies to climate change.

The research will build on data, results and stakeholder networks from the ACES project. ACES was a 3 year research project, funded by the UK government (2 M. €) with the aim of analyzing the consequences from the loss of ecosystem services from deforestation to the livelihoods of poor rural communities. ADAFARM will further analyze data from a survey done to more than 1600 households, with new lenses: the adaptation of small scale farmers (especially women headed households) to climate change and in particular the role of institutions. To complete the research, ICATALIST will perform new qualitative data collection in Mozambique, through interviews and focus groups, to complete our understanding of the climate change adaptation options for small scale farmers.

ICATALIST will eventually transfer and scale the project to other areas of sub-Saharan Africa with real and plausible interventions to design and help implement adaptation strategies to improve the resilience of small scale farmers. ICATALIST aims to play a leading role in the climate change adaptation policy space, with viable financing solutions for development (and thus the SDGs). This project will provide in-depth knowledge and approaches to help develop climate adaptation strategies by governments and interested organizations that ultimately benefit small scale farmers livelihoods.

ADAFARM will be developed in collaboration with many other institutions like Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, International Institute for Environment and Development, Basque Centre for Climate Change, Fundación Mozambique Sur, Bosque y Comunidad, Universidad de Córdoba, and International Fund for Agricultural Development.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 798867