Doris Akachukwu

Fellowship Category: Post-Masters        

Nationality: Nigerian      

Home Institution: Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Nigeria   

Mentor at Home Institution: Prof P C Ojimelukwe

Host Institution: University of Ibadan, Nigeria    

Supervisor at Host Institution: Dr M A Gbadegesin

Research Topic: Potentials of biochar for the remediation of the clastogenic effect associated with polyaromatic hydrocarbons components of gas flares and heavy metal pollutants of soil and water in Allium cepa model.

Research area of CVF Akachukwu is environmental pollution, risk assessment, biomarkers of exposure and remediation. During her fellowship period she will be working on ‘Potentials of biochar for the remediation of the clastogenic effect associated with polyaromatic hydrocarbons components of gas flares and heavy metal pollutants of soil and water in Allium cepa model’. She will focus on the assessment of clastogenic effects of polyaromatic hydrocarbons and heavy metals from gas flares that pollute soil and water. It also seeks to assess the effects of biochar as a remediation agent. She identifies that there is scanty information of the clastogenicity of components of gas flares and the remediation effects of biochar at present. At the end of the one year CIRCLE fellowship, she hopes to gain better experience and build collaborations that will help foster her teaching and research in the area of climate change.

 

Shade John Akinsete

Fellowship Category: Post-PhD

Nationality: Nigerian      

Home Institution: University of Ibadan, Nigeria 

Mentor at Home Institution: Prof Labode Popoola          

Host Institution: International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya               

Supervisor at Host Institution: Dr David Pelster

Research Topic: Soil carbon and greenhouse gas fluxes quantification and monitoring in sub-Saharan Africa: a case study of Ibadan metropolis, southwestern Nigeria.

CVF Akinsete’s research is ecosystems and climate change. Her research will focus on providing much needed data on soil carbon stocks, carbon fractions (recalcitrant and labile), potential sequestration capacity, and fluxes of greenhouse gases (CO2, N2O and CH4) of some southwestern Nigerian soils, which has significantly increased the inability to monitoring the effects of climate change in the region. She identifies that information on soil carbon stocks, carbon fractions and fluxes of greenhouse gases have received very little attention. She hopes that through her study effort will begin on establishing national and/or regional monitoring network sites and inventories of soil carbon storage. She hopes that CIRCLE will build her capacity for more research opportunities.

 

Johnson Oluwole Akintonde      

Fellowship Category: Post-PhD 

Nationality: Nigerian      

Home Institution: Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Nigeria               

Mentor at Home Institution: Prof A B Ogunwale               

Host Institution: Makerere University, Uganda 

Supervisor at Host Institution: Prof Shuaib Lwasa

Research Topic: Assessment of level of use of climate change adaptation strategies among arable crop farmers of Oyo and Ekiti Sates, Nigeria.

Climate change adaptation strategies is the research area of CVF Akintonde. Crop farmers are not novices about changes in climatic conditions and how it affects crop production. Several strategies have been introduced, adopted and used to mitigate different effects of climate change on crop production. His research will assess level of use of climate change adaptation strategies among arable crop farmers. 

 

Sylvia Nana Ama Ankamah         

Fellowship Category: Post-Masters

Nationality: Ghanaian

Home Institution: University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), Ghana   

Mentor at Home Institution: Prof K S Nokoe

Host Institution: Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria 

Supervisor at Host Institution: Dr (Mrs) Peju Esimai

Research Topic: Seasonal prevalence of climate-related diseases: modelling malaria and cholera dynamics in northern Ghana.

The area of research for CVF Ankamah is Climate Change Impact on Health. Her research will focus on producing evidence-based risk maps of malaria under five cases, estimating its prevalence rates and describing the distributional patterns over space and time incorporating climatic and non-climatic factors in Ghana. She hopes to contribute to detailed knowledge of spatial variation of malaria epidemiology and associated factors, especially for children (under five years of age) which is important for planning and evaluating malaria control measures..

 

Amos Apraku

Fellowship Category: Post-PhD 

Nationality: Ghanaian   

Home Institution: University of Fort Hare (UFH), South Africa    

Mentor at Home Institution: Prof Wilson Akpan

Host Institution: University of Nairobi, Kenya     

Supervisor at Host Institution: Dr Simeon Dulo

Research Topic: Indigenous knowledge and climate change impact mitigation in relation to small-scale agriculture in Africa: a comparative study of South Africa and Kenya.

CVF Apraku is interested in Indigenous knowledge and climate change impact mitigation in relation to small-scale agriculture in Africa. His CIRCLE research will do a comparative study of South Africa and Kenya. He will be examining how indigenous knowledge is put into use in Kenya and South Africa as a way of mitigating the impacts of climate change on small-scale agriculture.  A key attribute of national and continental studies on climate change impacts assessment, mitigation strategies, and adaptation mechanisms in Africa is that; they lack idiographic nuances. Thus, little attention is paid to how local specific knowledge and practices help communities to cope with local adverse environmental and agricultural conditions as a result of climate change. He hopes to come out with verifiable evidence on the need to integrate indigenous knowledge into modern climate change impact mitigation policies and intervention programmes, particularly in agriculture, in Africa. He looks forward to building competent climate change research and leadership skills through the CIRCLE fellowship.

 

Berchie Asiedu 

Fellowship category: Post-PhD 

Nationality: Ghanaian   

Home Institution: University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), Ghana   

Mentor at Home Institution: Prof F K E Nunoo   

Host Institution: University of Ibadan (UI), Nigeria           

Supervisor at Host Institution: Dr Adetola Jenyo-Oni      

Research Topic: Economic impacts, adaptations and opportunities of climate change in small-scale aquaculture industry of Ghana, West Africa.

The research area of CVF Asiedu is small-scale aquaculture and climate change. His CIRCLE research focuses on investigating the economic and social impacts of climate change in small-scale aquaculture of Ghana and develop sustainable adaptation strategies. He identifies economic impact of climate change on small-scale aquaculture; social impact of climate change on small-scale aquaculture; quantification of impacts of climate change on aquaculture trade; quantification and description of climate change on vulnerable fish farmers groups; and determination of level of knowledge of small-scale fish farmers on adaptations and opportunities of climate change as key areas that have not been well researched. He hopes that his research will build comprehensive data on climate change and small-scale aquaculture which will lead to policies by relevant ministries, agencies, NGOs to address climate change and small-scale aquaculture.

 

Sandra Akukpoga Atindana

Fellowship Category: Post-Masters        

Nationality: Ghanaian   

Home Institution: University for Development Studies (UDS), Ghana     

Mentor at Home Institution: Dr Joseph Amikuzuno

Host Institution: University Of Ibadan, Nigeria   

Supervisor at Host Institution: Prof O Fagbola

Research Topic: Investigation into the possible effects of climate variability on benthic macro invertebrates species and the perception of local people on biodiversity of fish in a lagoon in the central region of Ghana.

CVF Atindana’s research area is climate variability, biodiversity conservation and ecological health of aquatic systems. Her research will assess the ecological health of a lagoon through the presence or absence of benthic macro invertebrate species and the effects of varying climate on biotic indices of the species. Her study is expected to provide information on physical and chemical properties of the lagoon; identify anthropogenic and natural sources of degradation, if any, in the waterbody; produce a checklist of the various macro invertebrate communities in the lagoon; know the ecological status of the water; classify the fish in the lagoon into endangered, critically endangered and threatened; and identify factors that results in changes in breeding season, wide variations in fish growth and taste.

 

Ayansina Ayanlade

Fellowship Category: Post-PhD

Nationality: Nigerian      

Home Institution: Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Nigeria   

Host Institution: International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya

Supervisor at Host Institutions: Dr Maren Radeny

Research Topic: Perceptions   and   responses to climate change impacts, adaptive capacity and vulnerability among rural farmers.

CVF Ayanlade’s area of research is Climate change impacts on agriculture and society using applied environmental remote sensing and GIS. His CIRCLE research attempts to look at the climate change/variability impacts on agricultural sector, with particular reference to local farmer awareness and their adaptive capacities. The research holds the benefits of enhancing sensitivities to climate change and adaptive capacity of rural farmers through climate-smart agriculture. He hopes the knowledge and experience gained from this research and the CIRCLE fellowship will be very useful to him in his work as a lecturer and researcher in Nigeria. 

 

Habitamu Taddese Berie             

Fellowship Category: Post-Masters        

Nationality: Ethiopian    

Home Institution: Hawassa University (HU), Ethiopia      

Mentor at Home Institution: Dr Mesele Negash
Host Institution: Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia            

Supervisor at Host Institution: Dr Teshome Soromessa

Research Topic: Estimating carbon dioxide emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in Wondo Genet sub-catchment, Ethiopia.

His research interest is in natural resources management. His study will try to estimate the trends of deforestation and forest degradation in the study area and quantify the amount of carbon dioxide emission. There is limited information about deforestation and forest degradation in Ethiopia in general, and in Wondo Genet sub-catchment in particular. In addition, his study will try to test appropriate techniques of estimating deforestation and forest degradation in the horn of Africa in general. He hopes the CIRCLE Fellowship will enhance his competence in climate change research.

 

Ogheneruona Endurance Diemuodeke

Fellowship Category: Post-PhD 

Nationality: Nigerian      

Home Institution: University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), Nigeria

Mentor at Home Institution: Prof Chika Chima Oghonna Oko

Host Institution: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana            

Supervisor at Host Institution: Prof Ahmad Addo

Research Topic: Assessment and analysis of renewable energy technology for the Nigeria coastline communities.

CVF Diemuodeke research titles “Assessment and Analysis of Renewable Energy Technology for the Nigeria Coastline Communities” seeks to propose a clean and sustainable energy system for the downtrodden coastline communities as a way of conserving the nature and unveiling the rural dwellers’ socio-economic potentials. This research is significantly important as there has been no clean and affordable sustainable energy technology in the rural community, mainly due to their dispersed remote settlement, rugged terrain, and inaccessible road networks. The research would propose a clean and sustainable energy technology, and enabling policy to implement the technology. He is optimistic that at the end of CIRCLE fellowship he would be prepared with the ability to interact with policy makers and intergovernmental organisations to advance a course for climate change mitigation and sustainable rural community.

 

Etaferahu Kassa Ejegu

 

Fellowship Category: Post-Masters        

Nationality: Ethiopian    

Home Institution: Ethiopia Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR), Ethiopia      

Mentor at Home Institution: Dr Dawit Alemu

Host Institution: University of Ghana, Ghana     

Supervisor at Host Institution: Prof Samuel N A Codjoe 

Area of research: Optimisation of environmental concern and economic gain.
Research focus: There is an emerging expansion in area and investment in the Ethiopian sugar production. As sugarcane plantation expands, the pre harvest burning which is a common practice and used to remove the leaf from the steam increases. The burning contributes to the increase in greenhouse gas emission. Understanding environmental and economic impacts of this practice will help to develop economically feasible and environmental friendly production system. Thus, the study aims to identify economic and environmental tradeoffs because of this practice as well to suggest appropriate environmental measures to policy makers.

 

Samuel Olushola Fadairo             

Fellowship Category: Post-PhD 

Nationality: Nigerian      

Home Institution: University of Ibadan (UI), Nigeria

Mentor at Home Institution: Prof Janice Olawoye

Host Institution: University Of Cape Town, South Africa

Supervisor at Host Institution: Prof Richard Calland         

Research Topic: Broaching research on corruption in ecological fund management for climate change mitigation.

CVF Fadairo is researching on corruption in ecological fund management for climate change mitigation in Nigeria under the broad theme of climate change financing and policy. He hopes his research will stimulate debate on transparency in climate change financing.

 

Kidane Giday Gebremedhin

Fellowship Category: Post-PhD 

Nationality: Ethiopian    

Home Institution: Mekelle University, Ethiopia 

Mentor at Home Institution Dr Dereje Assefa

Host Institution: Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia            

Supervisor at Host Institution: Dr Teshome Soromessa

Research topic: Forest species composition change, carbon dynamics and climate change impacts in dry Afromontane forest of Northern Ethiopia: forest restoration options for climate change mitigation in the drylands.

The focus of CVF Gebremehdin’s research is investigating the effect of silvicultural treatments on regeneration, growth and carbon dynamics in a long term restoration experiment of remnant forest reserve. In Ethiopia anthropogenic factors has profoundly altered vegetation resources where ecosystem services and climate change mitigation potentials are severely impacted. Thus, exploring possibilities of restoration of these resources is expected to give an important impulse to their conservation and sustainable use and contribute towards the current thinking in forest management, Improved Forest Management (IFM), which is taken as a priority REDD+ strategy for the tropics.  

 

Showman Gwatibaya                    

Fellowship Category: Post-Masters        

Nationality: Zimbabwean            

Home Institution: Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT), Zimbabwe

Mentor at Home Institution: Dr Raphael Jingura

Host Institution: International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya               

Supervisor at Host Institution: Dr John Goopy

Research Topic: Developing a model for assessing effects of breed and feeding regime on enteric methane gas emissions from African Sanga cattle.

The research area of CVF Gwatibaya is “Livestock Systems and the Environment” and researching into ‘Developing a model for assessing effects of breed and feeding regime on enteric methane gas emissions from African Sanga cattle’. The research focuses on predicting enteric methane emission using animal characteristic and activity data and directly quantifying enteric methane emissions using respiration chambers. He hopes that his research will address the lack of information regarding correct enteric methane emission factors for cattle breeds of African origin. He will try to come up with near correct enteric methane emission factors for Sanga breeds and formulate prediction models. At the end of the CIRCLE fellowship, Gwatibaya hopes to have acquired knowledge and skills regarding different techniques that can be used to estimate, measure and predict enteric methane emissions from cattle production systems.

 

Benson Chuks Iweriebor             

Fellowship Category: Post-PhD

Nationality: Nigerian      

Home Institution: University of Fort Hare, South Africa

Mentor at Home Institution: Prof Anthony Okoh

Host Institution: Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania    

Supervisor at Host Institution: Dr Elia Mbaga;

Research Topic: Effects of climate change on the prevalence of arboviruses (Rift Valley fever virus and West Nile virus) among mosquitoes and the associated vulnerabilities in the Karoo region contiguous to the Eastern Cape and Free State Provinces of South Africa.

CVF Iweriebor’s research area is infectious diseases. His research focuses on the role of climate change on the distribution and prevalence of arboviruses and the possibility of their transmission to humans via mosquitos’ bites. At the end of the CIRCLE visiting fellowship, Iweriebor hopes to come up with information about the epidemiology of arboviruses in the study area. He believes CIRCLE will open new doors for further research opportunities.

 

Faith Oluwasinaayomi Kasim      

Fellowship Category: Post-PhD 

Nationality: Nigerian      

Home Institution: University of Ibadan, Nigeria 

Mentor at Home Institution: Prof C O Olatubara

Host Institution: The Organisation for Social Science Research in Eastern and South Africa (OSSREA), Ethiopia     

Supervisor at Host Institution: Dr Muluneh W Abshare  

Research Topic: Effects of climate change on urban liveability and livelihood options

CVF Kasim’s research is focusing on urbanisation and climate change. He will research into human activities that contributes to climate change; and the effects of land use and land cover change on climatic condition liveability, livelihood options and food security. Research on climate change, especially in the developing countries, has been on rural settings with attention on its effects on agricultural activities. There is paucity of research on urban environment as driver of climate change and as the ultimate recipient of its impacts. The central argument of the research is that land use characteristics influence climate change and that climate change impact urban environment. Kasim hopes to improve on his research skills; build relationship and network; and publish in peer review journals locally and internationally through the CIRCLE fellowship.

 

Omosivie Maduka          

Fellowship Category: Post-PhD 

Nationality: Nigerian      

Home Institution: University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), Nigeria

Mentor at Home Institution: Dr Charles Tobin-West       

Host Institution: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana

Supervisor at Host Institution: Dr Easmon Otupiri             

Research Topic: Gas flaring and climate change: an analysis of the impact on the health and well-being of communities in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.

CVF Maduka is researching into Climate Change and Health and well-being. Her research interest is in Emerging health issues and environmental changes. Her CIRCLE research focuses on using an analytical design to describe the impact of gas flaring and climate change on the health of communities in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Majority of existing studies evaluate only a few health effects, lack an analytical design and use small sample sizes. This study seeks to bridge these gaps and quantify the health and environmental effects of gas flaring and climate change in the Niger Delta. During the course of the fellowship, she expects to build her capacity to conduct and disseminate quality research that adds value to efforts to mitigate climate change in oil producing countries.

 

Pax Jessey Masimba      

Fellowship Category: Post-PhD 

Nationality: Tanzanian  

Home Institution: Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), Tanzania             

Mentor at Home Institution: Dr Ester Innocent

Host Institution: University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania  

Supervisor at Host Institution: Dr Rose Masalu  

Research Topic: Assessment of the bioactivity of roots and leaves of Carissa spinarum extracts from two geographic locations in two seasons in Tanzania against some pathogenic bacteria and fungi.

CVF Masimba’s research seeks to establish whether leaves can be an alternative plant part that can be harvested for medicinal purpose at a specific season and thereby help in conservation of this plant. In addition, he will find out which geographical region is optimal for propagation of Carissa spinarum for medicinal purposes. I expect to meet and share issues related to climate change with experts in this field and form research networks and collaborations.

 

Wondye Admasu Molla
Fellowship Category: Post-PhD

Nationality: Ethiopian    

Home Institution Wollo University           Ethiopia               

Mentor at Home Institution: Dr Abate Getahun Ayele

Host Institution: University of South Africa, South Africa               

Supervisor at Host Institution: Dr Muchaiteyi Togo

Research Topic: Apiculture a climate resilient green economy: its contribution for rural livelihood, employment creation and sustainable forest and area closure management in Eastern Amhara and Tigray regional states.

CVF Molla’s area of research is climate resilient green growth. Ethiopia launched the sustainable land management program and consequently, farmers in each region have allocated 30 to 60 days/year free labour for soil and water conservation activities to restore the ecology and adapt the climate change and large area closures are developed with the aim of restoring the land and biodiversity. Thus, the main aim of his research is to investigate how apiculture is integrated with sustainable natural resource management and green growth within the context of job creation and income generation along with climate change adaptation and mitigation. Through the CIRCLE programme, he hopes his research and academic career would be improved to contribute in climate change adaptation and mitigation

 

Faridah  Ssendagire Nalwanga   

Fellowship Category: Post-Masters        

Nationality: Ugandan    

Home Institution: Makerere University (MU), Uganda  

Mentor at Home Institution: Dr Paul Musali        

Host Institution: University of Cape Town, South Africa 

Supervisor at Host Institution: Prof Merle Sowman
Research Topic: Environmental change and emergent livelihood outcomes in natural resource dependent communities in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

CVF Nalwanga’s area of research is Women Adaptation to Climate change and implication on Health in Natural Resource Dependent Communities. During her CIRCLE fellowship, she will investigate the drivers of environmental change, adaptation strategies, factors that enable or constrain adapted livelihoods, role of actors, and map where the most vulnerable populations to environmental change are located. The focus will be on women because of their limited access to and control over resources, different position within the household and different and changing roles in society. The study will explore the unique ability of women to respond to environmental change. 

Catherine V Nnamani

 

Fellowship Category: Post-PhD 

Nationality: Nigerian      

Home Institution: Ebonyi State University (EBSU), Nigeria            

Mentor at Home Institution: Prof H O Oselebe  

Host Institution: Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Nigeria Supervisor at Host Institution: Prof S A Ajayi       

Research Topic: Evaluation of genetic variability within African-Yam- Bean accessions for food security in a climate changing scenario using Single Nucleotide Polymorphism   

Molecular Biology and Underutilized Plant Genetic Resources for food is CVF Nnamani’s research area. Her CIRCLE research is focused on using Simple Sequence Repeat (SSRs) as a molecular tool to assess the genetic variability in AYB accessions and correlate data with physiological seed quality test to aid selection of better accessions to enhance rapid and uniform seedling establishment under climate changing scenario. She expects her research findings to rationalize the status of AYB’s competitiveness with other common staples for improved food security and sustainable germplasm conservation in Nigeria.

 

Abimbola Oluwaranti

Fellowship Category: Post-PhD 

Nationality: Nigerian      

Home Institution: Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Nigeria

Mentor at Home Institution: Prof S A Ajayi          

Host Institution: Makerere University (MU)        Uganda

Supervisor at Host Institution: Dr R Edema

Research Topic: Molecular characterisation and evaluation of elite maize germplasm for drought tolerance.

CVF Abimbola’s research area is Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security.  Her proposed study is to characterise available tropical elite maize varieties for adaptability to the current resilient climate change Via SSR Molecular Markers before disseminating these varieties to farmers to enhance food security as well use as genetic materials for the development of more drought tolerant maize varieties. She identifies that phenotypic selection for drought tolerance is less accurate and takes time; therefore there is need for more accurate and faster selection method such as marker assisted selection (MAS) for the improvement of this crop. 

 

Tawakilitu Bola Onifade

 

 

Fellowship Category: Post-PhD 

Nationality: Nigerian      

Home Institution: Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Nigeria               

Mentor at Home Institution: Prof S O Jekayinfa

Host Institution: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Supervisor at Host Institution: Prof Shem Wandiga          

Research Topic: Climate change adaptation as it affects pyrolysis of lignocellulosic materials from oil palm fruit fibre and physic nut shell at low temperature and pressure for energy and chemical productions.

Her research area of interest is renewable energy and technology. Her research will focus on extraction and pyrolysis of the lignocellulosic materials from palm fruit fibre and physic nut shell under low temperature and pressure to produce energy and chemicals. She hopes to improve her research skills through CIRCLE.

 

Phyllis Bernice Opare

Fellowship Category: Post-PhD 

Nationality: Ghanaian   

Home Institution: University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), Ghana   

Mentor at Home Institution: Prof Daniesl Obeng Ofori

Host Institution: Makerere University (MU), Uganda     

Supervisor at Host Institution: Prof Gorettie Nabanoga

Research Topic: Developing a model for gender perception and adaptation practices to mitigate the effects of climate change among small scale farmers in the Sunyani Municipality.

CVF Opare is interested in ‘Gender and adaptive capacity enhancement’. Her research under the CIRCLE programme will focus on building adaptive capacity in small holder farmers, both males and females in the Sunyani municipality, Ghana. She hopes to come out with a model that will be a tool for educators, agricultural extension officers, policy makers and other stakeholders in the agricultural sector to raise awareness concerning climate change impacts and adaptation practices that can help mitigate those impacts. The model will have inbuilt participatory practices that will enable rural farmers especially women gain capacity to develop and adopt sustainable adaptation practices that can help mitigate the impacts of climate change. Through CIRCLE, she hopes to build her capacity on issues of climate change, climate adaptive capacity, and adaptation practices that are available or are being developed so she can help in the dissemination of such information. 

 

Daniella Delali Sedegah

Fellowship Category: Post-PhD 

Nationality: Ghanaian   

University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), Ghana        

Mentor at Home Institution: Prof Daniels Obeng-Ofori

Host Institution: Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria 

Supervisor at Host Institution: Prof Ayobami Salami                        

Research Topic: Adapting for the future: traditional mechanisms in managing the impact of climate change on watershed in Ghana.

CVF Sedegah’s research focuses on understanding the coping strategies associated with climate change impacts in Nigeria to inform planned adaptation. She believes it is important to have a better understanding of processes that shape farmers’ adaptation to climate change to identify vulnerable entities and to develop well-targeted adaptation policies.

 

Victoria Tanimonure      

Fellowship Category: Post-Masters        

Nationality: Nigerian      

Home Institution: Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Nigeria

Mentor at Home Institution: Prof A B Ayanwale

Host Institution: University of Ghana (UG), Ghana          

Supervisor at Host Institution: Prof Samuel N A Codjoe

Research Topic: Underutilised indigenous vegetables for dietary diversity and revenue generation in response to climate change in southwestern Nigeria.

CVF Tanimonure will research into underutilized indigenous vegetables (UIVS) for dietary diversity and revenue generation in response to climate change in Nigeria. A growing body of literature on climate change suggests that indigenous crops are resilient and as such adapt better to the negative effects of climate change. She will seek to establish relationship between climate change variables and the livelihood, dietary diversity and food security of the producers of UIVs in Nigeria. 

 

Eunice Yemisi Thomas

 

Fellowship Category: Post-PhD

Nationality: Nigeria        

Home Institution: University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Mentor at Home Institution: Prof J A I Omueti   

Host Institution: University of Ghana (UG), Ghana          

Supervisor at Host Institution: Prof Samuel G K Adiku

Research Topic: Effectiveness of agricultural organic waste to sequester carbon in soil planted to maize (A case study in mitigating climate change effect on soil carbon storage).

CVF Thomas’ is interested in the use of fortified biochar to enhance carbon sequestration in soil. Her research is focusing on use affordable and accessible farm yard manure and rice husk biochar to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and to develop an effective bio fertilizers technologies for farmers. Biochar from wood chips and other sources has been used over time to enhance carbon sequestration in soil.  Findings, however, show that biochar are nutrient deficient with high carbon content even though by their properties they enhance physico- chemical properties of soils. This study seeks to improve the nutrients status of biochar by co-composting with manures. It is expected that co-composting process will reduce overall greenhouse gas emission far less then it would happen in normal farm waste composting process. At the end of the study, she hope to come up with a fortified biochar that will be easy for the farmer to produce which will also improve and increase crop production. She expects the experience of CIRCLE will better equip her as a researcher in the production of biochar which is an emerging technique use in sequestering carbon storage in soil. 

 

Portia Adade Williams

Fellowship Category: Post-Masters        

Nationality: Ghanaian   

Home Institution: Science and Technology Policy Research Institute of the CSIR (STEPRI-CSIR), Ghana

Mentor at Home Institution: Dr George Owusu Essegbey

Host Institution: University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa    

Supervisor at Host Institution: Dr Olivier Crespo

Research Topic: Assessing the impact of climate change on agricultural production: the case of pineapple production in Ghana.

CVF Williams’ area of research is Agricultural productivity, Innovation, Climate Impacts and Policy. She is researching into ‘Climate Variability Impact on Food Production in Ghana: The case of Pineapple’.  The research focuses on assessing the effect of climate variability on pineapple production and coping strategies employed by pineapple farmers in Ghana. The study would provide a holistic study on pineapple production which will play a critical role in assisting pineapple farmers adapt to climate variability and cope with short term impacts.

 

Zahor Khalifa Zahor

Fellowship Category: Post-PhD

Nationality: Tanzanian

Home Institution: University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Mentor at Home Institution: Prof Pius Yanda     

Host Institution: University of Ghana (UG), Ghana

Supervisor at Host Institution: Prof Samuel N A Codjoe 

Research Topic: Dynamic forest cover change and their impacts on community livelihood in Kilwa District, Tanzania.

CVF Zahor employs his knowledge in Participatory Geographical Information System (PGIS) and forest loss to study drivers of forest change and their implications on livelihoods. The findings from his study, he believe, will provide useful inputs to planners, policy and decision makers on management of coastal forests resource within the context of resource use and climate change adaptation to improve livelihoods.