12 Nigerians, 25 Others Obtain Fellowships To Study Impact Of Climate Change

TWELVE Nigerian lecturers and scientists have
been awarded fellowships by the African
Academy of Sciences, AAS, and the Association
of Commonwealth Universities, ACU, to study the
impact of climate change.

They were selected from tertiary institutions in
Nigeria including the Federal University of
Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB); Michael Okpara
University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU);
Ebonyi State University (EBSU); University of
Ibadan; University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT);
Ladoke Akintola University of Technology
(LAUTECH) and Obafemi Awolowo University,

The Nigerians and 25 others drawn from tertiary
institutions in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania,
South Africa, Sudan, Uganda and Zimbabwe, were
participants in the 3rd cohort of a programme
supporting early career researchers to conduct
research and to generate knowledge to help the
continent effectively tackle climate change.
They make up the 37 African lecturers and
researchers scientists selected as Visiting
Fellows of the Climate Impact Research Capacity
and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE) fellowship

As CIRCLE Visiting Fellows, CVFs, they
commenced their fellowship in January 2017, and
were inducted at a workshop the AAS
headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

They will spend a year in another university or
research organisation in Africa conducting
research on the impact of climate change, under
the supervision of a senior academic. The
research focuses on one or more of five thematic
areas – agriculture; energy; health and
livelihoods; water; and policy.

In the views of CIRCLE Programme Manager,
Benjamin Gyampoh: “Most parts of Africa are
already experiencing the impacts of climate
change. It is important for the continent to
research ways of reducing the impact if we are to
effectively adapt.
“Developing the required skills base to generate
the needed knowledge to inform decision making
and actions is highly critical. CIRCLE is geared to
training researchers to produce quality research
to inform policy and contribute knowledge for
countries and communities to mitigate and adapt
to the impact of climate change.”
By 2020, between 75 and 250 million people in
Africa are projected to be exposed to increased
water stress and yields from rain-fed agriculture
could be reduced by up to 50 per cent in some
countries as a result of climate change, according
to the United Nation Environment Programme.

Launched in 2014, CIRCLE has successfully
supported Fellows to publish their research
ensuring there is a growing body of knowledge
the continent can use to develop climate change
strategies and interventions. The programme has
also achieved a 50:50 gender balance in the
recruitment of Fellows, ensuring that female
scientists have equal access to opportunities to
grow their careers and contribute to developing
the continent.
The 37 are exploring projects that range from how
climate change will impact different genders, the
aged, and the diet and food security of rural
communities and how small scale farmers
perceive and are adapting to climate change,
among others.

By spending a year away from their institutions,
CIRCLE provides the Fellows with an opportunity
to focus on and publish their research, a time
they would otherwise not have because of heavy
teaching loads that come with being lecturers at
African universities.
The fellowship period helps the researchers to
also develop research ideas, network with their
peers on the continent and experience research
systems and cultures in other institutions and
countries which are all very important in
developing their careers both as teachers and

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