Research Topic: Indigenous knowledge and climate change impact mitigation in relation to small-scale agriculture in Africa: a comparative study of South Africa and Kenya.
Fellowship Category: Post-PhD
Home Institution: University of Fort Hare (UFH), South Africa
Mentor at Home Institution: Prof Wilson Akpan
Host Institution: University of Nairobi, Kenya
Supervisor at Host Institution: Dr Simeon Dulo
CVF Apraku is interested in Indigenous knowledge and climate change impact mitigation in relation to small-scale agriculture in Africa. His CIRCLE research will do a comparative study of South Africa and Kenya. He will be examining how indigenous knowledge is put into use in Kenya and South Africa as a way of mitigating the impacts of climate change on small-scale agriculture. A key attribute of national and continental studies on climate change impacts assessment, mitigation strategies, and adaptation mechanisms in Africa is that; they lack idiographic nuances. Thus, little attention is paid to how local specific knowledge and practices help communities to cope with local adverse environmental and agricultural conditions as a result of climate change. He hopes to come out with verifiable evidence on the need to integrate indigenous knowledge into modern climate change impact mitigation policies and intervention programmes, particularly in agriculture, in Africa. He looks forward to building competent climate change research and leadership skills through the CIRCLE fellowship.