The Policy Action for Climate Change Adaptation (PACCA) project seeks to inform and link policies and institutions from national to local level for the development and adoption of climate-resilient food systems in Uganda and Tanzania. The project connects the scientific community with policy actors through learning alliances. Research evidence is generated through activities that include analyzing policy formulation and implementation processes, trade-off analysis, future socio-economic and climate scenario development, creating evidence-based gender awareness, and applied information economics.


The generated knowledge is exchanged with learning alliance members, who use it to implement policy engagement actions. The learning alliance participants include government technocrats and policy decision makers, scientists, non-governmental organizations, private sector representatives and farmers’ associations at national and sub-national levels.


The ambition is to encourage science-policy exchanges and create opportunities for stakeholders to express needs and current knowledge gaps, while educating participants about climate issues. All activities aim to better inform the implementation of climate-resilient policies that encourage the adoption of gender-responsive climate-smart agricultural practices across multiple scales in the two countries.


The project is led by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and works with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), and Bioversity International. The group is collaborating with relevant ministries and departments, national research institutions and other non-state agencies involved in climate change work in Uganda and Tanzania. For example, in Uganda the project works with the Ministry of Water and Environment, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Participatory Ecological Land-Use Management (PELUM Uganda),Community Integrated Development Initiatives, Makerere University Climate Change Research Institute, Environmental Management for Livelihoods Improvement (EMLI), the Parliamentary Forum on Climate Change, the National Agriculture Research Organization and Rakai Local Government. In Tanzania, partners include the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, the Vice President’s Office, Lushoto District Council, the Agriculture Non-State Actors Forum, the University of Dar Es Salaam, Sokoine University of Agriculture, and Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF).

Read more about the project including outcomes,  expected impacts and expected outputs on the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) website.

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