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Climate and environmental change can often be seen by subsistence farming communities in developing nations as distant problems – they are of little immediate relevance in a society where life or death can be decided by the success of the annual crop cycle.

Within the Walker Institute, we are working to bridge the gap between researchers and communities by turning leading-edge science into practical benefits for real people. For example, for many years we have been working in sub-Saharan Africa to assess the likelihood of dry or wet seasons in areas vulnerable to crop failure, and assisting with practical community-based advice on the selection of suitable crops for the coming season. Affordable and simple index-based weather insurance options, which pay out to farmers if growing conditions turn out to be poor, provide demonstrable buffers against the risks of disastrous and widespread famine resulting from a single poor harvest.

Walker Institute and Evidence for Development in Uganda

Walker Institute and Evidence for Development in Uganda

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Walker Institute is pleased to be working together with Evidence for Development (EfD) and other leading institutes in the UK and Africa on HyCRIS...

Everyday Climate Cultures Workshop 2016

Everyday Climate Cultures Workshop 2016

Friday, September 16, 2016

When: 22nd - 23rd September 2016 Where: Sorby Room, Wager Building, Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading Register here This interdisciplinary...

Walker Institute partners with Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel for COP22

Walker Institute partners with Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel for COP22

Friday, September 16, 2016

Walker Institute has partnered with the Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel (OSS) to exhibit at the 22nd United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP2...

Day 1 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Day 1 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Monday, November 7, 2016

By Caroline Dunning and Joshua Talib “The Paris Agreement freed Climate Research” Jochem Marotzke, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology Whilst our ...

Day 2 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Day 2 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

By Caroline Dunning and Joshua Talib   “Our rainfall is changing, yet we need an encouraging method to show the benefits of new methods including us...

Day 3 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Day 3 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

By Caroline Dunning and Joshua Talib ‘Only by co-coordinating can we ensure our collective impact is greater than the sum of its parts.’ Representat...

Day 4 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Day 4 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Thursday, November 10, 2016

By Caroline Dunning and Joshua Talib “Two thirds of proven resources in oil, gas and coal need to be left undeveloped for a 2°C pathway.” Michael La...

Day 5 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Day 5 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Friday, November 11, 2016

By Caroline Dunning and Joshua Talib Friday arrived and I think we’re both feeling that it’s been a long week! Dr Alick B. Muvundika came by the Walk...

Day 6 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Day 6 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Saturday, November 12, 2016

More COP adventures took place on Saturday too, although I think we’d both confess that we were quite relieved to find out that the majority of events...

Day 1 Blog: COP 22 - University of Reading Perspective

Day 1 Blog: COP 22 - University of Reading Perspective

Monday, November 7, 2016

COPbot makes its debut appearance today at the COP 22 climate change conference in Marrakech! COP 22 follows the Paris Agreement which came into forc...

Day 2 Blog: COP 22 - University of Reading Perspective

Day 2 Blog: COP 22 - University of Reading Perspective

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The second day of COP22 in Marrakech included the official opening of the Indigenous Peoples’ & Local Communities’ Pavilion, accompanied by speeches, ...

Day 3 Blog: COP 22 - University of Reading Perspective

Day 3 Blog: COP 22 - University of Reading Perspective

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Farmers Day at COP22. Session: Role of Farmers in the Implementation of the Paris Agreement Run by:  World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) and the Inter...

Day 4 Blog: COP 22 - University of Reading Perspective

Day 4 Blog: COP 22 - University of Reading Perspective

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Fossil fuels supply and climate policy Given that fossil fuels are responsible for approximately 85% of anthropogenic CO2emissions (IPCC), reducing t...

Day 5 Blog: COP 22 - University of Reading Perspective

Day 5 Blog: COP 22 - University of Reading Perspective

Friday, November 11, 2016

“No jobs on a dead planet” – Just Transition Email: sandra.hansen@pgr.reading.ac.uk Session by: International Trade Union Confederations (ITUC), Ind...

The Walker Institute Big Event

The Walker Institute Big Event

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Walker Institute Big Event – Wednesday 14 December On Wednesday 14 December, we will be holding our informal pre-Christmas ‘Big Event’. Guests wi...

How TAMSAT have been supporting African people for over 35 years

How TAMSAT have been supporting African people for over 35 years

Monday, December 5, 2016

The University of Reading’s TAMSAT group helped pioneer the use of satellite imagery in rainfall estimation across Africa.

Scientists ask Prime Minister to act on Trump climate policies

Scientists ask Prime Minister to act on Trump climate policies

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Director of Walker Institute, Professor Ros Walker is among the many leading scientists in UK climate research to sign a letter calling on Prime M...

Gender and Climate Change - a Global Issue

Gender and Climate Change - a Global Issue

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Climate change is something that affects us all. However, most at risk are low-income earners in the least developed countries and the majority of poo...

Improving the accuracy of essential African weather forcasts

Improving the accuracy of essential African weather forcasts

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A comprehensive new handbook about weather forecasting in West Africa could help safeguard lives and resources in the region.

New toolkit to raise risk awareness

New toolkit to raise risk awareness

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Raising Risk Awareness initiative assesses whether climate change has contributed to extreme weather events such as droughts, floods and heatwaves...

What can studying past climates tell us about climate changes happening today?

What can studying past climates tell us about climate changes happening today?

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Blog by Sandy Harrison I was delighted to be spearheading a workshop held at University of Reading in July that brought together observationalists an...

BRAVE: Lorna Young Foundation radio extension project in Ghana and Burkina Faso is underway

BRAVE: Lorna Young Foundation radio extension project in Ghana and Burkina Faso is underway

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Blog by Cristina Talens, Lorna Young Foundation Smallholders and farming communities in many parts of the world are under huge pressure. Sustained in...

Prof. Ros Cornforth to open the Oxfam Resilient Solutions symposium

Prof. Ros Cornforth to open the Oxfam Resilient Solutions symposium

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Professor Ros Cornforth, director of the Walker Institute has been invited to be the keynote speaker at the Oxfam Resilient Solutions symposium held i...

Farmer and the Water

Farmer and the Water

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The BRAVE project, in collaboration with Lorna Young Foundation (LYF), CARE, Christian Aid Sahel, and Reseau Marp has been holding radio training work...

Temperature variability and wheat quality

Temperature variability and wheat quality

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Increased hot and cold spells resulting from climate change could affect bread-making quality or seed quality for growing subsequent wheat crops, depe...

Fully funded PhD Opportunity at University of Reading

Fully funded PhD Opportunity at University of Reading

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Optimising agriculture for a changing climate: which farming practises confer reliability of food production and farm income? Stable food production ...

RAINWATCH LEARNING EVENT: CREATING DIALOGUE FOR ACTIONABLE CLIMATE SERVICES

RAINWATCH LEARNING EVENT: CREATING DIALOGUE FOR ACTIONABLE CLIMATE SERVICES

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

This week, the Walker Institute is supporting a two-day event on the RAINWATCH initiative in Kampala, Uganda with the aim of providing the space for d...

Upcoming Event: International Conference Climate Change impacts on Food & Nutrition Security

Upcoming Event: International Conference Climate Change impacts on Food & Nutrition Security

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Please read below for information about a very interesting upcoming event.  The Faculty of Food and Agriculture of The University of the West Indies,...

Adaptation Futures 2018 - Dialogues for Solutions

Adaptation Futures 2018 - Dialogues for Solutions

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Adaptation Futures is a biennial conference of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA) in co...

Climate Risk Management in Sub-Saharan Agriculture - Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture

Climate Risk Management in Sub-Saharan Agriculture - Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The 13th Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture will be held at 6:30pm on 14th November 2018 in the Madejski Lecture Theatre, at which three industry specialis...

Leave no one behind:  Walker Institute welcomes the Katowice Climate Package and calls for equitable collaboration

Leave no one behind: Walker Institute welcomes the Katowice Climate Package and calls for equitable collaboration

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Walker Institute welcomes the announcement by UNFCCC of the adoption of the Katowice Climate Package by COP24 negotiating parties. This robust set...

COP24: Walker Institute dinner, driving debate on the need for multi-sector, multi disciplinary approaches to climate change solutions!

COP24: Walker Institute dinner, driving debate on the need for multi-sector, multi disciplinary approaches to climate change solutions!

Monday, December 17, 2018

Check out our activities over COP24, our COP24 dinner with our Walker partners and our COPCAS project!

Join the Talanoa Call for Action

Join the Talanoa Call for Action

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The Presidencies of COP23 & COP24 issued the Talanoa Call for Action calling for the urgent and rapid mobilisation of all actors to step up efforts.

What Really Happened at COP24

What Really Happened at COP24

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Join us for our annual post-COP debrief! Grab some food and settle down for an interesting and lively debate about what really happened in Katowice.

Rising sea level: The crisis on our doorstep

Rising sea level: The crisis on our doorstep

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Oceanographer & author John Englander discusses surprising scientific aspects of sea level rise, such as the latest projections for the coming decades...

New PhD Projects for 2019! SCENARIO NERC DTP

New PhD Projects for 2019! SCENARIO NERC DTP

Monday, January 28, 2019

Check out all the new amazing available PhD projects that SCENARIO NERC DTP are offering in 2019! Deadline for applications 1st February 2019!

Walker Welcomes Report on Glacial Melt

Walker Welcomes Report on Glacial Melt

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

A recent report published by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), and reported in The Guardian, found that limiting ...

COP24: Rachael Thornley on In trees we trust...

COP24: Rachael Thornley on In trees we trust...

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Together with Scenario, we ran our annual COP Climate Action Studio. In addition to running interviews, our students had the chance to write blogs on ...

Walker welcomes Dr Andrew Bennett onto Board

Walker welcomes Dr Andrew Bennett onto Board

Friday, February 8, 2019

The Walker Institute is delighted to welcome Dr Andrew Bennett CMG, BSc, DTA, MSc, DSc, FRSA, President of the Tropical Agricultural Association, on t...

HyCRISTAL: Filmmaking for a two-way dialogue in Uganda

HyCRISTAL: Filmmaking for a two-way dialogue in Uganda

Sunday, February 10, 2019

As part of the HyCRISTAL project, one of our post-doctoral research fellows, Dr Grady Walker, will be travelling to Uganda in March. Working with Futu...

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