As part of the Innovation for Adaptation to Climate Change (INNOVACC) project, a call for applications has been launched for doctoral students from universities in Cameroon. The five candidates selected by the initiative in May 2022 will conduct research on climate-related issues in the northern part of this Central African country, in partnership with several organizations.
Between floods and droughts, the Far North and North regions of Cameroon have been hit hard by climatic hazards, with the result that biodiversity is at risk. Faced with the increasing effects of climate change in this part of the country, the Innovation for Adaptation to Climate Change (INNOVACC) project is looking for five doctoral students willing to work on the climate problem and able to provide appropriate responses.
Successful candidates will have to enrol in a Cameroonian university of their choice and will be based mainly in Garoua in the North region or in Maroua in the Far North region. “The INNOVACC project will cover all costs related to field data collection, local travel, medical insurance, and living expenses for up to 42 months. With the start of the contract scheduled for mid-2022, successful applicants will be contracted as the lead of the INNOVACC project implementation consortium,” says the International Center for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF).
Agroforestry to mitigate climate change
The call for applications is open until March 31, 2022. It focuses mainly on agroforestry, agroecology, natural resource management and sustainable development. Applicants to this initiative should have knowledge of land tenure, local rules of tree management by communities (interactions with livestock, access to tree products), formal and informal taxation of products, the impact of tree parks on soils and the sustainability of the cropping system in the face of climate change.
The initiative benefits from a partnership with researchers from ICRAF based in Nairobi, Kenya, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the Center for International Cooperation in Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD), the Institute of Agricultural Research for Development based in Yaoundé, Cameroon, and the Fondation énergies pour le monde (FONDEM) based in Paris, France.
For more information on the call for applications, click here.