RAN Presents: Harnessing Technology to Strengthen Communities’ Resilience to Adverse Climate Effects
Date: 21 January 2015 , Time: 10:00 a.m. New York, EST ( convert to your time ) – 6: 00pm EAT
Speakers: Dr. Roy William Mayega, Deputy Chief of Party, ResilientAfrica Network; Dr. Wanjiku Nganga, Director Innovations, ResilientAfrica Network; Dr. Kirstie Rendall-Mkosi, Senior Faculty, University of Pretoria
About this webinar:
One of the eight global development labs under the Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN), ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) funded by USAID utilizes innovative solutions in their work to strengthen communities’ resilience to adverse climate effects in sub-Saharan Africa.
RAN’s Southern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab at University of Pretoria recently put out a grants call: Resilience Innovation Challenge for Food Security and Improved Income Generation (RIC4FIG). The challenge focuses on strengthening resilience by promoting life and entrepreneurship skills, diversifying to profitable enterprises, and improving farming skills while employing the agricultural value chain in ways that are sustainable and expand financial inclusion.
During this webinar, we will focus on the technology imperative and discuss potential interventions for the RIC4FIG call to strengthen resilience to adverse climate effects.Technology requirements could include irrigation, produce dryers, cheap storage for agricultural output, water harvesting and safe storage, early warning systems, low-cost, post-harvest processing solutions, land use maximization techniques, diagnostic solutions e.g. water purity, moisture content of produce, disease in remote and rural areas with limited or no electricity.
Join us at the E4C webinar to:
- Learn about RAN’s work on strengthening the resilience of communities vulnerable to shocks and stresses in sub-Saharan Africa
- Hear details on the RIC4FIG challenge, including intervention pathways, focus communities, and the application process
- Gain insight on manifestations of adverse climate effects in Africa and the key challenges facing communities as a result
- Find out about collaboration opportunities – solution development, mentoring, capacity building/training, and more
Dr. Roy William Mayega is the Deputy Chief of Party, ResilientAfrica Network and a Lecturer in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Makerere University, involved in teaching Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Research Methodology to graduate and undergraduate students. He is also the Program Coordinator for the Strengthening Leadership in Disaster Resilience Program (SLDRP), Makerere University, a program funded by the World Bank and the Gates Foundation. He underwent basic training as a Medical Doctor at Makerere’s Medical School. Later, Dr. Mayega pursued and received a Master’s Degree in Public Health at the School of Public Health, Makerere (2006). Dr. Mayega is also the Instructional Materials Designer and Editor for the Masters Degree in Public Health by Distance Education. He is spearheading the Open Education Resources initiative at the School of Public Health and is at the centre of e-learning activities there. He completed a joint PhD in Medical Science at Karolinska Institutet, with a focus on health systems options for prevention of type 2 diabetes in low income countries.