Arusha Climate And Environmental Research Centre ​In March 2022 the Aga Khan University launched Arusha Climate and Environmental Research Centre (AKU-ACER) on its nearly four thousand acres of ecologically important land in Arusha, Tanzania. As a flagship project of the University, and with the support of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), AKU-ACER leverages the extraordinary importance of the site in terms of research opportunities in environmental science – including atmospheric sciences, sustainable agriculture and ecology, environmental chemistry, geosciences, and social sciences. The overarching objectives of AKU-ACER include advancing academic research leading to results for stakeholders and achieving increased visibility on the importance of environmental field sites that explicitly set out to develop capacity. The benefits of the research activities undertaken at AKU-ACER cut across many Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relating to the environment and climate action, including capacity for carbon sequestration. Based on the characteristics of the site, restorative land management activities will continue and inform much of the research work as well. Going forward, the focus is to systematically study the climate impacts on human health, ecosystem services, and geophysical hazards. The rapid growth of Arusha station is expected to catalyze the establishment of the research station in Link Road and bring about the much-needed collaboration between individual researchers and AKDN entities to utilize the station to conduct interdisciplinary studies in health, environment, and social sciences. ​


Submissions from 2023


The voices of women and smallholder farmers in Kenya's Lamu Corridor, Ngala Chome and Emmanuel Sulle


The voices of women and smallholder farmers in Angola's Lobito Corridor., Ana Duarte and Emmanuel Sulle