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This proposal addresses the issue of adaptation technology development and uptake in Africa. While each action proposed is valid, the pathways to uptake are unclear (who would take the action? How would you ensure buy-in? Who would maintain and repair the infrastructure etc?) Similarly, social and political dimensions of feasibility are not considered. The technologies proposed, however, are low-cost and potentially effective, which make them very desirable options. I encourage the proponents to continue to develop the details of this proposal. I do not think that this proposal should continue to the next round.
The authors should focus more on precisely their solution (the rafts and fog catchers), there is too much other text. With regard to these particular solutions, they are both very small scale, unlikely to put much of a dent in Africa's food security challenge. The large non-climatic drivers of the food security problem (population growth, relying on rain fed agriculture with little irrigation, corruption, transport infrastructure to allow better trade and movement of food regionally, are all ignored here in favor of very small scale stand alone technologies that seem to be mostly chosen because they can be 'installed easily' by an NGO. I don't find this very convincing.
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