Africa Integrated Climate Risk Management Programme

A new $ 143 million investment program will enable millions of the most vulnerable rural populations in West Africa’s Sahel region to restore degraded soil, adapt to climate change and provide climate information systems and agricultural insurance has been formulated. It was announced at COP 26 as part of a ceremony to sign a grant agreement between Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Highlights

In 7 countries this programme will be implemented. The selected countries are Chad, Burkina Faso, Mali, Gambia, Niger, Mauritania and Senegal. It is part of the African led Great Green Wall (GGW) initiative aimed at restoring the devastated landscape of the Sahel, one of the poorest regions in the world.

Small-scale farmers are in urgent need of investment to adapt to the consequences of climate change, especially in the Sahel, where their livelihoods and livelihoods are severely threatened. With infrastructure, financial support and access to technology, a new generation of rural communities and climate-resistant farmers can be created in the Sahel.

Objective of the programme

Through this program, IFAD is working with the World Food Program, African Development Bank, and the African Risk Management Group to address climate-related agricultural risks at all levels. Investments in early warning systems and climate information will limit the impact on farmers before a crisis strikes. Climate resilient agricultural practices and better adaptive measures will help farmers adapt to crises and thus, can reduce losses and damage by purchasing agricultural insurance.

The program aims to enhance food security, restore ecosystems, promote peacebuilding and create jobs in the region. Approximately 21.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide are expected to be reduced or avoided over the time period of this program.

Funding’s of the programme

The program has received a $ 60.4 million from AfDB, IFAD and ARC and $ 82.8 million grant from the GCF. An estimated 5.4 million rural people and farmers in seven African countries are expected to be better adapted to and better adapted to climate change.

About Sahel Region

It is one of the regions which is most vulnerable to climate change effects. Temperatures here are expected to rise 1.5 times faster than elsewhere. Studies at Sahel show that the rainy seasons are getting shorter and the climate is getting drier. This causes farmers to no longer being sure when to harvest and when to plant. Increased frequency of floods and droughts can reduce yields by up to 30%, and humidity increase leads to diseases which affect livestock and crops.