The theme for the 2011 GEC projects is climate change, agriculture and food security with an emphasis on the sustainability of ecosystem services. The 16 selected projects address issues related to climate change and its linkages with agriculture and food security, sustainable livelihoods and ecosystem goods and services. Both natural sciences and social sciences are being addressed. The projects are based on collaboration among multiple investigators. The Principal Investigator (PI) for each project is based at an African institution of higher learning, or at an African non-governmental organization. Investigator teams are comprised of at least three scientists who have complementary skills and expertise. Some of the projects are base don multi-institutional and multi-national collaborations, some of which are based outside of Africa.
-START is committed to strengthening knowledge and communication systems on global environmental change in Africa, and is therefore pleased to announce the 2012 -Call for Proposals on global environmental change, agriculture and food security in Africa. -The 2012 round of GEC grants will build directly on the 2011 Africa GEC grants that focused on how climatic and environmental changes potentially impact ecosystem services critical to agriculture and food and livelihood security in arid, semi-arid, sub-humid, and humid environments as well as for communities dependent on coastal marine systems.