Climate change forcing villages to change diet

More households in Tanzania’s Rufiji district are changing their diets and eating meals infrequently due to food shortages brought on by climate change.

This is according to a study co-authored by Naomi Jones Saronga from Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in the BioMed Central’s Agriculture and Food Security journal. Read more

How participating in CIRCLE has won one fellow big grants


A CIRCLE fellow won R2,2 million in grants from South Africa’s grant making foundation, the National Research Foundation (NRF) in 2015 enabling him to empower indigenous communities to improve their strategies for tackling climate change.

The grants that Amon Taruvinga, a lecturer from South Africa’s University of Fort Hare, won from the NRF were from proposals inspired by his CIRCLE funded research.  Read more

CIRCLE Fellow research encourages governments to subsidise insurance premiums for small scale farmers

African governments need to subsidise premiums for small scale farmers to enable them to increase their uptake of insurance cover to reduce loss in income when crops are damaged in bad weather conditions emanating from climate change. This is a recommendation from CIRCLE Visiting Fellow (CVF) Zelda Elum after concluding a one year research on climate change impact on agriculture and the implication for agriculture insurance market in South Africa. Read more

CIRCLE offers opportunities for Zimbabwean academic to present her work in international conferences 

A year as a CIRCLE Visiting Fellow has provided opportunities for a Zimbabwean academic to publish and present her work in international conferences.  Before Olga Laiza Kupika, a lecturer at Zimbabwe’s Chinhoyi University of Technology, became one of the 34 awarded the Climate Impact Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE) Visiting Fellowship in 2015, she had only presented her work in two conferences in Zimbabwe. Read more

CIRCLE provides an opportunity for a Ugandan scientist to develop his career 

An African Academy of Sciences (AAS) initiative to develop the skills and improve the research output of early career African climate change scientists has helped a Ugandan masters graduate find time to write and publish two papers and lay the foundation for a PhD. Alex Zizinga, a graduate research assistant from Makerere University, is one of 34 post-masters and postdoctoral researchers who were awarded a CIRCLE visiting fellowship in 2015. Read more