Interdepartment Centre of Research and Technic-Scientiphic Cooperation with Africa - CISAO - Torino University -

Contact email: elena.ferrero@unito.it
Geographic scope: National
Country: Italy
Type of Institution: University / higher education
Name in original language: Centro Interdipartimentale di Ricerca e Cooperazione Tecnico Scientifica con l'Africa - CISAO Unito.it
Legal status: Public
Name of the Department: Earth Sciences Department
Climate-relevant agricultural research
Climate change research in my institution / department is linked to agricultural research areas: Yes
Description of climate-relevant ag research: Relations between the change in the distribution and intensity of precipitations and the increase in periods of drought, which in turn leads to an increase in erosion and alluvial phenomena and a reduction in the availability of water for the cultivation of cereals and forage and for the production...
Very important research areas: Monitoring - Hydrological observationsRelatively important areas: Monitoring of climate and climate change, Risks of present and future weather-driven disasters, Adaptation to climate change, Impacts of climate change, CC in agricultural systems - arable land, cropping systems, CC in agricultural systems - land, soils and territoryResearch level in your institution / department in the climate-related areas: Master or equivalent / ISCED 7, Doctoral or equivalent / ISCED 8, Post-doc
Number of researchers in climate-related areas: 10-50
Average yearly expenditure in your institution / department on climate change research in recent years (EUR): 50,000 - 100,000
Type of funding sources for your climate-related research: GovernmentResearch focus: Development focused, linkages with the SouthCollaborations with other organizations: Civil society, Farmers, cooperatives and agricultural workers, Government, International Organizations, University / higher educationCollaborations with other countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, Ethiopia, Greece, Guatemala, Italy
Successful projects: RESEAU DES UNIVERSITES SAHELIENNES POUR LASECURITE ALIMENTAIRE ET LA DURABILITE ENVIRONNEMENTALE (R.U.S.S.A.D.E.)
Major needs of your institution / department to increase the impact of climate research: Scholarships for PhD students and Research grants to train new Italian researchers and from the partner countries. Funds for missions in Europe and in Africa. Funding for laboratory activities related to basic and applied research
What is the current trend of interest in climate-related research in your institution?: Increasing: both researchers and funding bodies are increasingly interested
What are your institution's plans regarding climate-related research?: Increasing it
Comments: Alongside the applied research, communication and training activities must be developed to disseminate knowledge and increase people's awareness of the effects of climate change, which may sometimes have irreversible effects on landscape transformations, damage to primary resources and the...