At a glance

Duration
to
Status
Active programmes
Region
Africa
Country
Africa
South Africa
Angola
Botswana
Burundi
Comoros
Congo, The Democratic Republic Of The
Djibouti
Egypt
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Mauritius
Kenya
Lesotho
Madagascar
Malawi
Mozambique
Namibia
Uganda
Rwanda
Seychelles
Sudan
Swaziland
Tanzania, United Republic Of
Zambia
Zimbabwe
Partners
Climate Change Unit of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), East African Community (EAC), Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Total budget
4,00 M€
Sector(s)
GCCA priority area(s)
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Effects of climate change on the region

Increased frequency of extreme weather events, especially floods, storms, and droughts, are some of the key impacts of climate change in Eastern and Southern Africa. These climate events carry significant social, economic and political impacts, including threats to food production and hindered progress towards poverty reduction. Moreover, the negative impacts of climate change disproportionately affect vulnerable groups, including women, youth and those with poor access to resources, compounding vulnerability and compromising adaptation.

The Programme on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in the COMESA-EAC-SADC region seeks to build successful adaptation and mitigation actions across Eastern and Southern Africa. The programme is a novel cooperating arrangement that brings together three international donors alongside three Regional Economic Communities, in support of a single programme focused on addressing the impacts of climate change.

The programme’s key target group are smallholder famers, who comprise the largest population group in the region, and key elements to the programme include scaling-up and mainstreaming climate-smart agriculture and sustainable land management practices. The GCCA was the first funder of the programme, contributing 4 million Euros from 2010 to 2014, and the programme received approximately 50 million Euros from Norway and the United Kingdom that will continue operations into 2016.

The three Implementing Entities are:

GCCA's action programme
Geographical scope
Country groups
Initial GCCA/GCCA+ contribution
4,000,000.00 €
Key achievements

Mainstreaming climate change in national planning

  • 9 out of 14 targeted Climate Smart Agriculture projects were implemented in 9 Member States across the COMESA-EAC-SADC region: Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe

  • 8 out of the 14 targeted Member States were supported to design their National Climate Change Response Strategies (NCCRS) and policies: Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, DR Congo, Kenya, Sudan, Swaziland and Zimbabwe

  • 152 African Climate Negotiators were trained with the support of the Programme

  • 8 position papers were produced with the support of the Programme and fed into the African Position through the AGN and AMCEN

Access to climate financing for adaptation

  • 9 out of 14 targeted Member States were supported to design their climate smart agriculture Investment Frameworks (including climate proofing their National Agriculture Investment Plans): Burundi, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Rwanda, Seychelles, Swaziland, Uganda and Zambia

Adoption of climate-smart/conservation agriculture

  • 11 out of the 14 targeted Climate Smart Agriculture National Task Forces were strengthened in Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe

  • 73,580 new adopters reached directly by the Programme on CA interventions (51% women) out of 140,000 planned

  • 367,900 new beneficiaries reached directly by the Programme on CA interventions (5 persons per household) out of 700,000 targeted

  • As of 2014 the data collected from ten sampled Member States showed that the total number of CA adopters grew from 483,711 in 2010 to 900,000 in June 2014, which represents 75% of the targeted 1.2 million

Mitigation solutions

  • 10 concept notes on country mitigation solutions were developed