Webinar on adaption to climate change in Tanzania, Sept. 27


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The CCGHR Working Group on the Health Impacts of Climate Change is pleased to invite you to the third event in our webinar series!

Title: Impacts and Adaptive Strategies to Climate Change among Agro-pastoral Households in Tanzania

Date: 27 September 2018

Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT

Presenter: Dr. Ronald Ndesanjo, Lecturer at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Dar es Salaam

Discussant: Hayley Mundeva, CCGHR SYPN member and Founder/CEO of ThriveHire, a new online career platform to connect people to job and volunteer opportunities in global health

How to join

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Dr. Ronald Ndesanjo (PhD) is a Human Ecologist by training and registered Environmental Impact Assessment Expert with over 10 years of teaching and consulting experience in Environmental and Natural Resource Management, and Livelihoods.  He received his training from the University of Dar es Salaam. Dr. Ndesanjo’s PhD research focused on Investigating Pastoral Households’ Resilience to Climate Variability and Change in Northern Tanzania. Currently, he works as a Lecturer at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Dar es Salaam where he teaches courses on Environment and Development for postgraduates and Political Economy of Natural Resources for undergraduates. Dr. Ndesanjo has recently been involved in a number of research consultancies on Gender and Climate Smart Agriculture, Gendered Climate Vulnerability Capacity Assessment and Agriculture Policy and Small Holders Food Security. Prior to joining the IDS he served as a Research Associate for the Resilience Ecology Program of the Aga Khan University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences–East Africa based in Nairobi, Kenya.


Tanzania, just like other developing countries, is quite vulnerable to ongoing climate change impacts. The country’s economy is mainly agrarian and dominated by small holder farmers and herders who depend on rainfall for crop farming and pasture for livestock. Apart from agriculture, other sectors of the economy that are equally affected by climate change include health, water, infrastructure, energy, forestry and wildlife, and coastal and marine resources. This webinar aims at giving an overview of climate change livelihood impacts in Tanzania with a focus on the health sector. It will draw experiences from two studies; one among coastal communities in the Rufiji Delta and the other on pastoral communities (Maasai) in the semi-arid areas of northern Tanzania. Besides, the webinar will shed some light on the existing institutional framework on climate change adaptation and possible areas of intervention through CCGHR work in Tanzania.

Further Readings

Ndesanjo, R., J.O. Ngana, P.Z. Yanda. (2012), Climate change impact and adaptive strategies in in the Rufiji Delta. UTAFITI, Vol. 9 Nos 1&2, p 59-73

Noah M. Pauline, Coleen Vogel, Stefan Grab & Emma T. Liwenga (2016): Smallholder farmers in the Great Ruaha River sub-Basin of Tanzania: coping or adapting to rainfall variability? Climate and Development, DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2016.1184607

Richard Y.M. Kangalawe, Claude G. Mung’ong’o, Agnes G. Mwakaje, Elikana Kalumanga & Pius Z. Yanda (2017) Climate change and variability impacts on agricultural production and livelihood systems in Western Tanzania, Climate and Development, 9:3, 202-216, DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2016.1146119

Tanser, F.C., Sharp, B., Le Sueur, D., 2003. Potential effect of climate change on malaria transmission in Africa. The Lancet 362, 1792–1798.

Thornton, P.K., Jones, P.G., Alagarswamy, G., Andresen, J., Herrero, M., 2010. Adapting to climate change: Agricultural system and household impacts in East Africa. Agric. Syst. 103, 73–82. doi:10.1016/j.agsy.2009.09.003

Wandiga, S.O., M. Opondo, D. Olago, A. Githeko, F. Githui, M. Marshall, T. Downs, A. Opere, P.Z. Yanda, R. Kangalawe, R. Kabumbuli, E. Kirumira, J. Kathuri, E. Apindi, L. Olaka, L. Ogallo, P. Mugambi, R. Sigalla, R. Nanyunja, T. Baguma and P. Achola. (2006). Vulnerability to climate induced highland malaria in East Africa. AIACC Working Paper No. 25