Climate Change Fund

Africa is particularly vulnerable to the deleterious impact of climate change due to limited adaptive capacity and weak mitigation strategies. Across the continent climate change is a threat to economic growth, ecosystems and its unique biodiversity. The livelihoods of millions already made vulnerable through poverty and other developmental challenges are under severe pressure.

Through the NEPAD Climate Change Fund, the NEPAD Agency aims to strengthen the resilience of African countries to climate change by building national, sub-regional and continental capacity. Established in 2014 by the NEPAD Agency with support from the Government of Germany, the Fund offers technical and financial assistance to AU Member States, Regional Economic Communities and institutions that meet the eligibility criteria and clearly defined targeted areas of support of the fund.

The Fund also supports projects on knowledge and capacity development for better planning, coordination, and implementation of climate change activities. Target areas of the fund include, adaptation of agriculture to climate change, biodiversity; access and benefit...

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By 2020, in some countries, yields from rain-fed agriculture could be reduced by up to 50 per cent. Agricultural production, including access to food, in many African countries is projected to be severely compromised. This would further adversely affect food security and exacerbate malnutrition.

Through the NEPAD Climate Change Fund, the NEPAD Agency aims to strengthen the resilience of African countries to climate change by building national, sub-regional and continental capacity. Established in 2014 by the NEPAD Agency with support from the Government of Germany, the Fund offers technical and financial assistance to AU Member States, Regional Economic Communities and institutions that meet the eligibility criteria and clearly defined targeted areas of support of the fund. 

The Fund also supports projects on knowledge and capacity development for better planning, coordination, and implementation of climate change activities. Target areas of the fund include, adaptation of agriculture to climate change, biodiversity; access and benefit sharing, development and implementation support to National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), and mainstreaming of climate change into the National Agricultural Investment Plans (NAIPs).

Results:

Overall Results

The Fund is currently supporting the implementation of 18 approved projects in 18 countries across Africa (see map). The 18 projects relate to adaptation of agriculture to climate change, biodiversity conservation, access and benefit sharing, development and implementation support to National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), and mainstreaming climate change into the National Agricultural Investment Plans.

For example, in an effort to combat and mitigate the challenges posed by climate change, over 1 300 women in Ethiopia were trained in entrepreneurship, leadership and environmental protection and management. This was undertaken in collaboration with the Ministry of Women, Children and Youth Affairs of Ethiopia. Relatedly, the Government of Ethiopia allocated about 60 hectares of land for afforestation, and subsequently, about 290 000 seedlings were planted.

In Nigeria, 150 policy makers were sensitised to Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) practices and aquaculture, while 1 200 female small-holder farmers received training in the same disciplines. Four hundred applications for aquaculture equipment grants were processed.

577 extension officers and farmers were trained in the Kwa-Zulu Natal and Free State Provinces of South Africa on the application of weather forecast, climate prediction and science-based knowledge to assist them in proper planning and improved on-farm decision making. In addition, 700 traditional council members in Kwa-Zulu Natal were capacitated on issues of climate change and committed themselves to minimizing practices which contribute to climate change in their communities. Six adaptive measures to climate change have been identified and disseminated to small holder farmers in South Africa. 

In Swaziland, 1319 small holder farmers were trained on the use of CSA technologies. 

A national strategy to mainstream CSA into Zambia’s National Agriculture Investment Plan (NAIP) was developed.

An Integrated Coastal Zone Management Policy Framework was developed in Cameroon, to fast-track adaptation and up-scaling of Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) practices among 36 000 households in the country.

Brochures

With support from the Government of Germany, the NEPAD Climate Change Fund was established by the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency. Since its establishment in 2014, the Fund has provided technical and financial assistance to AU member states, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and...

The NEPAD Climate Change Fund has supported the implementation of 18 projects in 18 African Countries that have been implemented by regional, national or local institutions.  The NEPAD Climate Change Fund represents a unique vehicle and mechanism to provide direct support to African...

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Email: TendaiT@nepad.org

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