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CIDA's Canada Fund for African Climate Resilience Partners

The Canada Fund for African Climate Resilience supports projects that focus on reducing the effects of climate change and improving local adaptation to the impacts of weather-related challenges in Africa, specifically in the areas of food security and economic growth. The fund is part of Canada's commitment to the Copenhagen Accord under Canada's fast-start climate financing.

Following a 2012 call for proposals, CIDA is partnering with 9 organizations to implement 10 projects in 8 African countries that will help prevent or reduce the adverse impacts of climate change on the countries' future economic growth or food security.

The Canada Fund for African Climate Resilience projects will be funded through CIDA for $23,196,954.

Adventist Development and Relief Agency

Adapting to Climate Change to Ensure Food Security

Country: Rwanda

This project aims to increase access to sufficient, nutritious, and safe food among those most vulnerable to climate change in the refugee/returnee areas of the Gatsibo and Kayonza districts. It seeks to do this by improving household nutrition and income generation through climate change adaptation initiatives targeting households and cooperatives that take into account both women and men.

The project seeks to address the challenges related to climate change such as prolonged droughts, variable growing seasons, increased storms, and unpredictable rains. Smallholder farmers often have little or no arable land or water for irrigation. Deforestation has contributed to increased soil erosion and exhaustion, and has adversely affected water sources. All of these factors negatively affect crop production and household incomes, limiting people's ability to produce or purchase food. The project aims to increase access to vegetables and fruits for consumption, and create income-generating opportunities for 36,480 people.

Canadian Co-operative Association

Improving Climate Change Resilience in Farmers' Co-operatives

Country: Ethiopia

This project seeks to increase economic, social, and ecological resilience of smallholder Ethiopian farmers to climate change. The project aims to help 12,000 resource-poor farming households in the district of Fogera in the regional state of Amhara to produce better quality crops and increase their household incomes. Activities include promoting diversified and integrated crop and livestock production systems, increasing soil fertility, improving water systems, and strengthening the capacity of local stakeholders to negotiate and jointly implement actions to restore and enhance natural capital assets. The Canadian Co-operative Association has successfully used integrated agricultural and financial co-operative approaches to improve food security and promote economic growth throughout Africa.

Canadian Feed the Children

Adapting to Climate Change

Country: Ghana

Climate change and climate variability are major obstacles to ensuring that people have access to sufficient, nutritious, and safe food in the northern part of the country. The three northern regions are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, and the capacity of the local population to adapt is very low due to deep-rooted poverty. This project addresses the urgent needs of more than 50,000 women and men smallholder farmers, 17 farm organizations, as well as non-governmental organizations and private companies to understand the causes and effects of climate change and to implement measures to ensure sustainable access to food and livelihoods. Increased access to up-to-date weather forecasts and agricultural practices and technologies that address climate change allow farmers to make better decisions on the use of new technologies, field preparation, and land management. The project's poverty-reduction objectives are realized through the development and scaling-up of off-farm income-generating activities to decrease dependency on farming income.

The project also builds capacity for regional actors such as the Regional Advisory Information and Network Systems to support initiatives to help people adapt to climate change at the grass-roots level, and to promote the integration of a climate-change approach into agriculture and livelihood-development programming.

Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles (in French)

Women Entrepreneurs Adapting to Climate Change

Country: Senegal

This project aims to reduce poverty among the people of the Saloum Islands by improving the ability of 870 women in three villages to adapt to climate change. Low levels of precipitation over the last 35 years have contributed to desertification and have reduced access to fresh water. This has reduced food production, adversely affected mangrove ecosystems, and reduced biodiversity, which in turn has reduced shellfish and fish stocks — a staple food of these communities. This initiative seeks to ensure the sustainable utilization and marketing of these resources to give local populations the opportunity to improve their economy; ensure access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food, and enhance the role and position of women in local communities. The project also seeks to ensure the transfer of skills and expertise to direct beneficiaries and other stakeholders.

CHF (Formerly known as the Canadian Hunger Foundation)

Bati Adapts to Climate Change Impacts

Country: Ethiopia

This project aims to increase the food security of people in 4,660 households and their ability to adapt to the impacts of climate change in the Bati district. The people of this district are largely dependent on rain-fed agriculture and traditional practices to sustain their livelihoods and food security. This makes them more vulnerable to climate-change impacts. Expected results include 10 community climate-change risk assessments, more than 4,000 women and men trained in water conservation, dry season gardening, integrated crop and livestock management, and revitalization of 200 small-scale irrigation schemes. The initiative also proposes to strengthen the Organization for Rehabilitation and Development in Amhara and local offices of the Ministry of Agriculture to better support community-based projects addressing climate change.

This project would build on a recently completed CIDA-funded initiative that rehabilitated land and developed household livelihood strategies to reduce the area's dependency on food aid. CHF has 29 years of food-security experience in the Horn of Africa, having developed best practices linking food security and climate change, and supporting local partners to scale up development activities.

Expanding Resilience to Climate Change

Country: Ghana

This project aims to increase the resilience of households vulnerable to climate change in targeted communities in the northern part of the country through improved access to sufficient, nutritious, and safe food and sustainable economic development. Most farmers depend on rain-fed agriculture and have very limited access to reliable weather forecasts and early warning of disasters. As such, they are highly vulnerable to climate change.

The project targets men and women in vulnerable households in 4 districts and 20 communities of the northern part of the country with two main objectives. The first is to increase the capacity of district and regional organizations to develop plans to adapt to climate change and strategies to reduce the risks relating to climate change that take into account both women and men. The second objective is to increase the adoption of strategies and technologies by vulnerable men and women that are designed to increase drought-tolerant crop and livestock production, protect and enhance productive natural resources, and increase access to alternative sources of income.

Cuso International

Adapting to Climate Change through Entrepreneurship and Strengthening of Value Chains

Country: Cameroon

This project seeks to increase access to sufficient, nutritious, and safe food, and the economic well-being of 2,000 women and men producers in the Model Forests of Campo-Ma'an (southern region) and of Dja and Mpomo (eastern region) while improving their capacities to become more resilient to climate change. The project aims to implement a system for technical support, provide services, and create profitable commercial businesses that are self-maintained, resilient, and managed by the community. Targeted beneficiaries are agricultural producers in rural areas, especially women, youth, and those in indigenous communities, who form the basis for the region's agricultural food system.

The project aims to create awareness among women and men farmers and build capacity in local organizations to increase the profit of agricultural activities. It seeks to develop efficient rural enterprises and to link suppliers, including farmers and processors, with others in the food chain to give increased value to the foodstuffs produced and respond to consumer needs (or value chains) by providing support services that help entrepreneurs (including farmers) to access markets and financial and other production inputs and services.

Union des producteurs agricoles — Développement international (in French)

Climate Resilience Project in Boucle du Mouhoun

Country: Burkina Faso

This project aims to improve in a sustainable way the food security of the targeted area through the development of agriculture. It will be implemented in the Boucle du Mouhoun region where farm groups and families, and more specifically women and youth, are particularly vulnerable. More then 40,000 people will benefit from this project, including women, adolescents, and those in farmers organizations. Among the main effects of climate change in the country are soil depletion, reduction in the availability of water, deforestation, and reduction in agricultural productivity, all of which are important threats to food security. The project's activities include: 1) production and distribution of improved crop seeds, and sheep and goats, 2) introduction of new crops such as cowpeas to improve family diets, 3) promotion and demonstration of improved small livestock husbandry practices and techniques, 4) training and demonstration related to biogas production systems using manure, and 5) reforestation using native species, including acacia.

Université de Guelph — Campus d'Alfred

Reducing Poverty through Renewable Charcoal-based Agro-forestry Systems

Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo

The project aims to reduce poverty and increase food self-sufficiency in the country by increasing the production of renewable charcoal (makala) on farms that interplant acacia trees with cassava and corn. The project supports training in agroforestry and entrepreneurship for 200 households and 20 graduates from the Institut des Sciences Agro-vétérinaires who live on the outskirts of the capital city, Kinshasa. The training aims to address the marketing of agricultural products and contributes to the creation of employment while responding in part to the food and energy needs of communities outside Kinshasa. The project also supports the institute's graduates in starting businesses in which they are offered a parcel of land that they can use to implement this agroforestry model and generate an annual household income of as much as C$15,000.

The project also seeks to develop 100 hectares of acacia trees on the institute's land to carry out applied research in agroforestry, including the establishment of a tree nursery.

World Vision Canada

Sustainable Market-led Agriculture and Resource Management

Country: Tanzania

This initiative aims to improve the economic well-being of 5,000 women, men, and children in four districts — Meru, Hai, Siha, and Same — of the Kilimanjaro Region through market-led agricultural production by helping small-scale farmers to have improved access to production, market, and processing knowledge, and inputs and opportunities in order to generate more household and community income. This region is vulnerable to high levels of rainfall variability and environmental degradation, and as such, people have experienced acute food shortages. The project also seeks to build farmers' resilience to the impacts of climate change. The local government has expressed a need for institutional capacity to support greater community resilience, and community groups report having difficulty identifying and accessing needed services and inputs to improve their livelihoods and climate resiliency.

The project builds on a pilot initiative that helped producers access insurance, microcredit, and improved seed varieties. This initiative seeks to scale up results by strengthening natural resource conservation; improving producers' access to information and linking suppliers, including farmers and processors, with others in the food chain to give increased value to the foodstuffs produced and respond to consumer needs (value chains); and strengthening the institutional capacity of service providers and producer groups to develop more sustainable agriculture-based livelihoods in the region.