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TitleSituational analysis of climate adaptation in Africa: Opportunities for Capacity Development.
SubjectClimate change, adaptation, Africa
Date of Publication2023
Number of Pages57
Geographical CoverageAfrica
AbstractThe main objective of this study was to conduct a “Scoping and Mapping of Climate Change Adaptation Institutions in Africa”. The analysis was commissioned as part of a five-year project on “Strengthening African Leadership for Climate Adaptation (SALCA)” by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). The study mapped and profiled key climate adaptation and resilience actors and their roles in sub-Saharan Africa, including identifying actors in climate adaptation in the agricultural sector. It also reviewed existing global and African climate adaptation frameworks and agendas, including policies and initiatives being implemented to promote climate adaptation on the continent. The scope of the study was limited to mapping entities working on climate adaptation in the agricultural sector in 11 focus countries in Africa: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Uganda. These are also the focus countries where the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is supporting the transformation of agriculture to improve the livelihoods of the continent’s farming communities. The project will leverage on the already established AGRA consortia model that provides the necessary linkages across the agricultural system as an impact pathway to effective capacity strengthening. This report presents the key findings from the study and a set of recommendations to accelerate climate adaptation in Africa’s agricultural sector. The situational analysis of the climate adaptation ecosystem found that there is a growing climate intervention gap in Africa, with the continent continuing to lag behind all other regions of the world in climate adaptation, despite various initiatives’ efforts. The widening gap is caused, among other factors, by the ever-increasing reliance on external support for climate actions, persistent poverty and socio-economic inequality, low levels of development, limited economic capacity, and poor governance. In addition, the disproportionate impacts of climate change on youth and women remain a challenge needing urgent redress. Adaptation and resilience building remain a priority as the continent prioritizes adaptation over mitigation, but there are huge potential gains if the continent pushes adaptation and unlocks mitigation potential in general.
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