Monday, 29 August 2011

CGIAR Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security seeks proposals

CGIAR Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security seeks proposals to review the current approaches to climate change communications and social learning applicable to developing countries

Climate change is an immediate and unprecedented threat to the food security of hundreds of millions of people who depend on smallscale agriculture for their livelihoods. The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)  Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) brings together the world’s best researchers in agricultural science, development research and climate science to identify and address the most important and complex interactions, synergies and tradeoffs between climatechange, agriculture and food security through the union of the complementary strengths of the CGIAR system and the Earth System Science Partnership. CCAFS also involves farmers, policy makers, donors and other stakeholders, to integrate their knowledge and needs into the tools and approaches that are developed.

CGIAR CCAFS has issued a call for proposals to review both the current approaches to climate change communications and social learning that are applicable to the developing world and to develop a strategy for future CCAFS engagement in this area.

While a large body of literature is concerned with climate change communications and social learning in the developed world, less is available or applicable to the developing world. The differences between climate change communications approaches and social learning approaches should be articulated. Various approaches and tools are being developed and applied by the development community and the aim is to review the existing approaches, tools and decision aids that are applicable in this context. The abilities of different communication tools to bring out stakeholders’ engagement in the exchange of perspectives on CCAFS issues should be a central consideration.

Key Points
The review is expected to consider the following key points:
-        Review of existing approaches/tools/decision aids in development practice (and academic literature) on climate change communications (or beyond) that demonstrate how complex information is conveyed to various stakeholders
-        Include the communication of risks, uncertainties and response options to different stakeholders to support informed decision making (focus on food security in rural areas and CCAFS themes)
-        Include the communication needs of different stakeholders and how these needs are currently being met (include aspects of perceptions of the risk of climate change and social learning)
-        Review of social learning in relation to risk communication and management (may use examples from outside of climate change)
-        Analysis of strengths and weaknesses of existing approaches
-        Identify gaps and propose an innovative strategy and priority activities for CCAFS to move forward: identify research needs towards producing effective communication strategies, decision aids for exchange of information based on information needs of different stakeholder groups.
The expected outputs include a review paper and a database of existing approaches. The project will be responsible for identifying and securing relevant publications and sets of information from development organisations and the academic literature, where appropriate.

The consultant or research team will have a strong communications for development and/or climate change background in developing countries, and proven track record of work in this field.

Budget and timeline                       
Up to US$ 30,000 are available for this project.
This work is to be conducted over 3 months from signing of the contract. The following timeline is to be followed:
-        A progress report (up to 10 pages) should be submitted by 15 November 2011.
-        The final report and all materials should be submitted by 31 December 2011.
Last date for submission of proposals is September 15, 2011
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