Modelling System for Agricultural Impacts of Climate Change (MOSAICC)


Malawi is prone to natural disasters, primarily related to climate variability and change. Over the past two decades, drought and flood events have increased in frequency and intensity with negative consequences for food and water security, as well as the sustainable livelihoods of rural people. On the other hand, over the past ten years, Malawi’s poverty levels (above 50 percent of the population) have remained largely unchanged as Malawi’s economic growth slowed from a peak of 9.7 percent in 2008 to about 3 percent in 2012.

MOSAICC within project framework

Climate change impact assessments using MOSAICC contribute to two on-going projects in Malawi. In the project ”National Adaptation Plans – Climate-Smart Agriculture”, MOSAICC is a tool for strengthening country's capacities to build evidences about climate impacts and vulnerability in the agriculture sector by providing essential information to enable medium- to long-term climate change adaptation planning in a transformative way.

FAO is implementing the project “Building the Basis for Scaling-Up Climate-Smart Agriculture”. The project supports scaling-up of Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) by providing an extended evidence base necessary to better identify the set of packages most appropriate for adopting CSA solutions including crop, trees, shrubs and other agro-forestry related options as well as livestock and livestock practices. These will, in turn, further contribute to the countries’ capacity to identify and select suitable CSA options and develop the institutional and policy frameworks needed to support them.