Thursday, March 01, 2012
EMPLOYMENT: ICRAF Social Scientist / Adaptation Specialist
The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is an independent research institution which generates science-based knowledge about the complex role trees play in agricultural landscapes and rural livelihoods. As part of the Centre’s work to bring tree-based solutions to bear on poverty and environmental problems, researchers – working in close collaboration with partners – are developing new technologies, tools and policy recommendations for increased food security and ecosystem health.
Even the most ambitious mitigation policies will not prevent climate related impacts to rise over the course of the century. Appropriate adaptation strategies and risk reduction measures to climate variability and change will therefore be increasingly important. With agriculture’s strong weather dependence, smallholder farmers are especially vulnerable to weather extremes. Future changes in weather patterns and rising temperatures will likely be even more detrimental.
It is therefore necessary to identify current and future vulnerabilities to climate variability and change and develop scientifically sound and robust adaptation strategies in the context of agroforestry systems that mitigate climate impacts. It is also necessary to devise the limits of adaptation and identify complementary safeguards and transition pathways that allow for a ‘soft landing’.
The main purpose of the position will be to:
- Learn from existing community and farmer practices to identify and map current and future vulnerabilities to climate change;
- Analyze impacts of development projects and develop robust adaptation strategies and climate smart practices with special focus on agroforestry systems and derive possible transition pathways;
- Identify the limits of adaptation to weather extremes in agroforestry systems and devise opportunities for complementary safeguard systems;
- Establish the costs and benefits of investing in improved management systems; and
- Develop possible implementation strategies for up- and outscaling.
Deadline: March 31, 2012