adelphi consult GmbH has been commissioned by GOPA to develop a Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment for the Simiyu region in Tanzania. I was contracted as Senior Consultant to conduct the study.
The Assessment constitutes the basis for the elaboration of the KfW funded project “Climate Change Adaptation in the Simiyu Region in Tanzania”, which consists of two main components: (a) Implementation of climate resilient water supply and sanitation services and (b) Implementation of climate smart agricultural practices.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Water of Tanzania, the objective of action (a) is to build a 100 km large water pipeline providing potable water from Lake Victoria to the en-route rural settlements and towns. Action (b) aims to increase climate resilience of the rural population in Simiyu through climate smart agricultural practices, through the sustainable management of water resources and soil, and through the integration of such practices into existing policies, strategies and regulations.
Within the scope of action (b), adelphi is responsible for the implementation of a Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment to describe the expected impacts of climate change on the living conditions of rural households (farmers and livestock keepers) and their vulnerability.
In detail, the study comprises the collection, review and evaluation of existing climate and agricultural data, the description of recent climate change development and socio-economic vulnerability in Simiyu region by means of impact chains, and the assessment of mid- and long-term impacts of climate change for agricultural production and livelihoods of rural people.
The Assessment is part of a greater feasibility study, which will constitute the basis for suggestions of investment / adaptation measures to climate change for rural farmers and livestock keepers. At the same time, it serves to support the design of the overall implementation plan of the project with the goal to maintain and improve the livelihoods of the local population in Simiyu region.